"It is with great sadness that it didn't work," he says in his first statements since the split

By Mike Fleeman
Updated May 13, 2008 02:55 PM
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Al Reynolds is opening up – a little – about his split from Star Jones, saying he’s saddened by the breakup.

“I know in my heart that I entered my marriage with love and the best of intentions and leave it with great sadness that it didn’t work,” writes Reynolds in a MySpace post Tuesday.

Jones, 46, filed for divorce from Reynolds, 37, last month. She didn’t give a reason for the split, but Jones said she made “an error in judgment” by inviting the media into their lavish 2004 wedding.

In his MySpace post, Reynolds also declined to discuss the reasons for the divorce, but made it clear that he was hurt by the media coverage.

“If you think you are having a tough day, may I propose you walk in my shoes for a few hours,” he writes. “In my mind, it feels like ‘Dump on Al Month.’ And I’m not having fun yet. I have been called a gigolo, a freeloader, unemployed, a sham and many other things that don’t bear repeating. People on television, radio and the internet have spoken disparagingly of my life, my sexuality, my career and my integrity.”

He says that few people truly know him, and may have some misconceptions from news reporting of his partying. “I indeed work very hard as a professor, business owner, doctoral student and author. I play hard too,” he says. “I make no apologies for that. A guy is entitled to a little fun, after all.”

He adds the media has “barraged” his home, his friends and his family, including his 79-year-old mother, but that he remains convinced that he should not discuss the divorce.

“As much as I want to defend myself, it seems like a silly and futile exercise,” he writes. “It’s clear that the media doesn’t want to let the truth get in the way of a good story. I hate to ruin their fun. I take great comfort in the fact that my loved ones and those people who really know me continue to love and respect me.”

Reynolds notes that before he met Jones he was a successful banker and is now “working to take my knowledge and experience of the business world and use it to empower and enlighten working class Americans who are often left behind by traditional financial advice.”

He’s also completing his doctorate in organizational leadership and teaching at Florida Memorial University.

“What I want people to know is that I am not the caricature portrayed by the media. I am complex, contradictory and capable of great intelligence but also remarkable stupidity,” he writes. “In other words, I am a human being. To me, labels are for clothes, not people. So … Please don’t try to define me; don’t try to categorize me; and most of all, don’t label me. Instead, JUST GET TO KNOW ME. And if you see me, just call me Al.”