Todd Bartlem, Carly Fiorina’s Ex-Husband: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Todd Bartlem, Carly Fiorina’s first husband, is very bitter about how things ended. (Getty)

Todd Bartlem is Carly Fiorina’s mysterious first husband, whom she divorced back in the 1980s. He’s had a few interviews with the press and had a few very negative things to say about his ex-wife and how their marriage ended. Fiorina has disputed many of his claims. It’s very difficult to know what part of his statements are truth and what parts are leftover anger from their marriage ending.

Here’s what you need to know.


1. Todd Bartlem Met Carly Fiorina When They Were Students at Stanford

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Carly Fiorina met her first husband, Todd Bartlem, when they were students at Stanford. (Getty)

Bartlem and Fiorina met when they were both students at Stanford University. Fiorina was majoring in medieval history and philosophy. She enrolled in UCLA Law School but immediately realized it was a bad fit for her. Bartlem said that he “broke her out of going to law school,” The Daily Mail reported. He said that he was her rebellion and alternate lifestyle. They married in 1977.


2. They Lived in Italy Together And, He Said, She Had No Interest in Politics

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Carly Fiorina, a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, did not show an interest in politics during her first marriage, according to her ex-husband Todd Bartlem. (Getty)

After they got married, they moved to Italy where Bartlem had a job teaching for John Hopkins University, The Daily Mail reported. While there, their marriage seemed to be fine. He said that she had no interest in politics and her “bible” was Dress for Success, Bloomberg reported. Fiorina, speaking separately about that time but not responding to any of Bartlem’s statements, has said that she was studying business and preparing for a career in the working world.


3. Both Have Hinted That The Other Was Unfaithful

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Carly Fiorina hinted in her memoirs that her first husband, Todd Bartlem, was unfaithful. Bartlem claims that she cheated on him, which she has denied. (Getty)

After they moved back to the United States, things changed. Fiorina said in her memoirs that things between them changed after she finished graduate school and entered the workforce. She said he wasn’t ready to have her be his peer and equal. Bartlem said that she became enamored with her work and fixated on gaining power. He claimed that she started an affair with Frank Fiorina while they were still married, but Carly Fiorina said they did not start dating until after she and Bartlem were divorced, The Daily Mail reported. She has hinted in her memoirs that Bartlem cheated on her when had a job with World Bank and traveled frequently.


4. Bartlem Is Now Remarried, But Still Very Angry

IRVINE, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Republican candidate for U.S. Senate and former head of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina waves goodbye with her husband Frank looking on after she conceded defeat to her rival Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) during news conference at her Irvine campaign headquarters on November 3, 2010 in Irvine, California. Boxer, the democratic incumbent was re-elected to her senate seat and California's attorney general, Jerry Brown was elected California?s governor replacing Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Carly and Frank Fiorina have put their pasts behind them, but Carly’s ex-husband Todd Bartlem is still very angry. (Getty)

Bartlem is now remarried and said he has a happy and fulfilling life. But he’s still very angry with her and views her as a one-dimensional character, The New York Times reported. In fact, the New York Times referred to Bartlem as sounding “bitter” and “wounded.” He said that he feels like she only stayed with him while he was useful and that one day, after their divorce, she drove up to him and told him that was going to be the last time he ever saw her, The Daily Mail reported.


5. He Has Called Her a “Clown” And Said He Hopes She Fails

BOONE, IA - JUNE 06: Republican presidential hopeful former business executive Carly Fiorina speaks at a Roast and Ride event hosted by freshman Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) on June 6, 2015 in Boone, Iowa. Ernst is hoping the event, which featured a motorcycle tour, a pig roast, and speeches from several 2016 presidential hopefuls, becomes an Iowa Republican tradition. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Carly Fiorina doesn’t say much about her ex-husband, Todd Bartlem. But Bartlem has said that he hopes she fails. (Getty)

Bartlem doesn’t mince words when he talks about his ex-wife. He told Bloomberg she’s “the ultimate clown” of the Republican Party. The New York Times reported that Bartlem even said: “I wish I could wish her the best, but I don’t. I want to see her fail.” Meanwhile, Fiorina has not said much about her ex-husband outside of her memoirs. It’s hard to know, under all of Bartlem’s bitterness and anger, what is truth and what is not.

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Anonymous

Question: Where is the alcooholism in this family background? The daughter was alcoholic, drug addicted, and Bulemia. No way there is not a alcoholism somewhere in the family history. Bartlem does not sound very emotionally calm…hmm.

Kacey

The daughter who died is a step daughter from Carly’s 2nd husband’s 1st marriage. She has no biological children.

Anonymous

She was 34 when she died. Patricia had as much custody of her as Carly did.

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