Pam & Tommy is an American historical drama miniseries that follows actress Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, as represented by Lily James and Sebastian Stan, during the period when their unauthorized sex tape was made public. The series was developed for Hulu by Robert Siegel and is produced by Point Grey Pictures, Annapurna Television, and Lionsgate Television, and is based on Amanda Chicago Lewis’ 2014 Rolling Stone article “Pam and Tommy: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Sex Tape.”
Why Were Pamela and Tommy Separated?
Though the sex-tape controversy surely placed a strain on the stars’ marriage, it was hardly the final straw. Pam and Tommy’s lives were tragically cut short due to an instance of domestic violence.
Lee was arrested for domestic violence in February 1998, leaving Anderson with “bruises, a ripped fingernail, and worry for the safety of her two boys,” according to The Los Angeles Times at the time. Lee allegedly kicked his wife while she was carrying their two-month-old boy “after she refused to phone her parents and urge them not to come over to the couple’s house,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Lee was sentenced to six months in the Los Angeles County prison after pleading no contest to spousal abuse charges (child abuse and firearm possession charges were dismissed). Soon after the event, Anderson filed for divorce and asked for custody of their boys.
The pair sought reconciliation when a newly sober Lee was released from jail four months into his term, which Anderson discussed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in May 1999. “Tommy and I are reuniting and reorganizing our family. We’re doing great, and our kids are thrilled “she stated “It’s been a long, difficult year…and all I want is for my family to be together and for it to work.”
The reunion created one of the couple’s most memorable moments, the notorious MTV Video Music Awards red-carpet costumes from 1999. (The pink feathered hat, that is.) Unfortunately, the agreement did not survive indefinitely. In 2001, the tempestuous twosome broke up for the second time.
But it wasn’t their final effort at reconciliation. Pam and Tommy rekindled their romance in 2008, a year after Anderson divorced musician Kid Rock and had her marriage to Rick Salomon annulled.
In 2008, Lee told Rolling Stone, “We’ve only tried it 800 times—801, here we go.” “Pamela and the kids have taken up residence with me. It’s fantastic. It’s clearly working.” “You can tell on the kids’ faces,” he continued. When we’re together, they’re happy.”
“They are two individuals who have gone through a lot and know each other pretty well,” a friend of Lee’s told People.
In 2010, the former couple divorced for good.
Pam and Tommy Were Married for How Long?
In his 2005 autobiography Tommyland, Lee stated, “In 1995, I met Pamela Anderson, the lady who became my wife and with whom I have two lovely boys.” “However, that’s a story worthy of its own chapter, if not book.”
Anderson and Lee married on the beach in Cancun in 1995 after a brief four-day relationship, much to the astonishment of Anderson’s mother Carol Anderson, who told People at the time: “I had never heard of him before. It’s both tragic and shocking.”
The actress and the rock musician were married for three years before formally separating in 1998, after a decades-long connection.
What Is Tommy Lee’s Current Net Worth?
Tommy Lee’s net worth is $70 million as of 2022, according to Celebrity Net Worth. In 2022, his ex-wife Pamela Anderson is estimated to be worth $20 million.