“It happened on December 27, before the New Year, we made plans, everything was fine. But it happened at night, no one was around,” Valery shares his memories of the day when his beloved wife Anna passed away. She passed away at the end of 2015.
Valery lived with his wife for 40 years, they had two children. The actor is very worried about the loss of a loved one. "The first year was very difficult, difficult. I literally howled like a wolf when I went out with the dog for a walk at night. At the grave, I talk to her, I confess. She will be with me all my life, next to me," Afanasyev says.
Valery was married three times. The first wife was his student love Lilya, but their marriage did not last long. The second time the actor married Eugenia, who gave birth to his son Eugene. They were together for 6 years, but Afanasyev fell in love with another woman - Anna.
"I fell in love and realized that I wanted to be with Anna. I honestly told my wife. I collected a small portfolio and left home in tattered jeans. There were no scandals with my ex-wife Zhenya, she did not turn her son Volodya against me - for this I told her I am very grateful. I have not seen him for 9 years, for that I am ashamed. Now we communicate well, "said Valery. Fortunately, he was able to maintain a warm relationship with Evgenia, who tried to calmly accept the divorce from her husband.
Valery lived with Anna for 40 years - they were together until her death. But even in their seemingly ideal relationship, there were many problems - the actor's alcoholism and even his betrayal.
"There was a moment when I left Anna for Maria Aronova. I left on New Year's Eve, Maria and I lived for a month and a half and had a great time, but all these months and a half I felt uncomfortable. Anna forgave me and deleted this story from her I am grateful to Anna that she was able to forgive me, "Afanasyev recalls.