Gary Coleman reveals secret marriage

Feb. 12, 2008 at 3:37 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Former U.S. child star Gary Coleman, now 40, has revealed to "Inside Edition" he secretly married a 22-year-old woman last summer.

The former "Different Strokes" star described his marriage to Shannon Price as his first "romantic relationship."

"I never got the opportunity to be romantic or feel romantic with anyone … I wasn't saving myself, she just happened to be the one," said the 4-foot-8 actor.

Price, who is nearly a foot taller, said their height difference was never an issue.

"He was 10-feet-tall to me because he was sweet and I really liked his personality," she said, adding she wanted to keep the marriage a secret to maintain her own identity.

That said, Price also admitted the relationship is "off and on."

"We may go a week and not speak to each other, but that's because you're thinking and mulling things over," Coleman said.

"He lets his anger conquer him sometimes, I don't like the violence," Price added. "He throws things around, and sometimes he throws it in my direction … He's got to damage something before his anger stops."

She also said she has called the police on several occasions.

"It's not a picnic, dude," Coleman said of marriage.

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