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Kirstie Alley dropped a bombshell last night during a pre-taped interview with Entertainment Tonight reporter Chris Jacobs. The actress revealed that she had an affair of the heart with the late Patrick Swayze.

Alley, 61, claims she and Swayze engaged in an “intense emotional affair” while filming the 1985 Civil War mini-series ‘North and South.’

The actor was married at the time to Lisa Niemi, who remained his wife until his death Sept. 14, 2009. Their union spanned 34 years.

Alley was then married to second husband, actor Parker Stevenson, whom she divorced in 1997.

Kirstie admits that it was not a physical affair, “But again, I think what we did was worse. Because I think when you fall in love with someone when you’re married, you jeopardize your own marriage and their marriage. It’s doubly bad.”

The ‘DWTS: All-Star’ celeb isn’t sure if Niemi was aware of their strong connection, but she did ask Kirstie to deliver a eulogy at Swayze’s 2009 funeral.

Kirstie told Barbara Walters recently that while filming ‘Look Who’s Talking’ in 1989 with John Travola, she had to fight the urge to run off and marry him. She claims, “He was the greatest love of my life.”

Why is she suddenly unloading all of these secrets of the heart? Her new tell-all ‘The Art of Men’ launches today.

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