’90s Superman Dean Cain Finally Speaks Out About Mindy McCready

I didn’t really know who Mindy McCready was until I found out she had killed herself, as I am not well-versed in ’90s pop-country, celebrity sex-tapes, or, really, anyone who has every been associated with Dr. Drew Pinsky. It’s sad that she is dead, but, as always, I find the mourning of a celebrity to be a little unsettling. I also become pretty ill-at-ease whenever a former famous person, in this case Dean Cain of Lois and Clark fame—who was most recently on Stars Earn Stripes, that weird pro-military reality show in which "real celebrities" (such as Todd Palin, so keep those scare-quotes in mind, please) participated in combat training operations—has spoken out about McCready, to whom he was engaged for about a year in the ’90s. Finally. We were on the edge of our seat!

Cain talked to the venerable grocery-store not-tabloid People about his relationship with McCready and, basically, how fucked up she was.

From his Los Angeles home on Monday, one day after McCready fatally shot herself, Cain struggled to remember any joy to their relationship: "I can’t paint too pretty a picture. She would start arguments, start drama. Things weren’t allowed to be good."

Though drugs and alcohol would later send McCready to rehab, Cain said neither was a factor in their relationship—or its demise.

"She was never abusive or addictive with me, but red flags were everywhere," he says. "I saw all the bad signs and told her to get out." At the end, he says he fled his own home for a hotel to escape her. "Everything she did was a manipulation of sorts. She would just get combative."

In the decade and a half that followed, Cain, who fathered a son with a subsequent girlfriend and is single today, severed all ties with McCready.

"When I did speak to her, truth didn’t come out," he says. "She was kind of poisonous and not somebody I was going to have in my life anymore—or anywhere around my son."

So basically the story is this: the former boyfriend of a relatively famous woman who struggled with addiction and mental illness has revealed that she did not exhibit any actual addictive behavior. But, you know, she fought with him. And he did not want his ex-girlfriend near his son. Great story! Very informative, Dean Cain. Thank you for bravely taking People‘s call. I’m sure it took as much guts as, say, wearing a Superman costume or playing Scott Peterson in a Lifetime movie.

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What Should VH1 Replace ‘Celebrity Rehab’ With?

VH1 announced they will not produce a season of their misery porn series Celebrity Rehab or its spin-off Sober House in 2012. As Entertainment Weekly points out, the show was put under scrutiny last year when two former cast members, Taxi star Jeff Conaway and Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, died from drug-related causes. VH1, however, just says the shows are off the network’s slate due to “scheduling issues.”

Because of Celebrity Rehab and Sober House’s absences, there will be a gaping void to fill in VH1’s line of programming. Where else are viewers going to find tragic examples of human depravity intercut with advertisements for skin cleanser? To help VH1, we’ve thought of some new shows they can run in their stead:

Homeless Celebrity Look-a-likes with Carmen Electra
Each week, Carmen Electra visits a homeless shelter and finds down-on-their-luck men and women who look just like your fave celebs!

How’d They Die?
This game show (hosted by Nick Lachey) asks contestants to recall how Hollywood stars kicked the bucket. Bonus points for last words!

Celebrity Detox
Pretty much the same thing as Celebrity Rehab, except it takes place in Austin. (Austin is hot now!)

Kick ‘em When They’re Down with Brock Lesner
UFC star Brock Lesner invites people to literally kick fallen celebrities in their rib cages.

Dumpster Divin’
A team of young, sexy guys and gals search through celebrities’ trash for old pill bottles and pregnancy tests.