Newly single singer-songwriter Richard Marx — who split from his wife of 25 years, actress-dancer Cynthia Rhodes (Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, Staying Alive), last July — has been exploring his sexier side as of late. He recently described his comeback album, Beautiful Goodbye, to Billboard as "mostly a series of songs about seduction, sex, and the mystifying sensual dance between two people."
And in the steamy new music video for the album's title track, Marx engages in quite a mystifying sensual dance with former MTV VJ Daisy Fuentes.
In the "Beautiful Goodbye" video, lensed by first-time director Scott Brasher, 50-year-old Marx and a stunning, 47-year-old Fuentes canoodle in a luxurious bedroom suite, displaying some very sizzling onscreen chemistry. In one scene, the two make out against a wall; in other shots, Fuentes nibbles Marx's hand, or unbuttons his dress shirt while he reclines on a bed.
While the two have never spoken publicly about their relationship, rumors have circulated that they have been an item for about a year, after they posted the same photos to their respective Instagram accounts and were seen together at various public events. And in the sultry "Beautiful Goodbye" video, they do seem like a real couple. (Yahoo Music reached out to Marx's publicist, who declined to comment on his personal life.)
Regardless of whether Marx and Fuentes are indeed romantically involved, they are definitely partners in one way: Fuentes actually co-penned "Beautiful Goodbye" with Marx. It was her first-ever attempt at songwriting.
"It started when she heard this piece of music that I was going to write lyrics to," Marx recently revealed to Yahoo Music. "I hadn't started the lyrics on it yet, and she said, 'You know what would be really kind of daring is if you wrote a song that said this and this…' and she started to detail the story, which was kind of provocative and certainly unlike anything I'd ever written before or heard before. But as she was describing it, she was sort of writing it. She was suggesting lines. I said, 'Why don't we just write this together?' At first she was like, 'I don't know how to write a song,' but I said, 'Just keep talking.' And we started writing this down, and over a couple of hours the lyric was done.
"The rules of songwriting were not in play, (a) because I didn't want to follow them, and (b) because she didn't know them. She had never written a song before, so she didn't know you really shouldn't do this, or she would say, 'Why can't you just say this?' And instead of arguing about it, I would go, 'It's OK, cool, I'll make it work.' What I love about it the most is that I've never heard a song like it. Even the music I wrote doesn't sound like anything else that I've ever written before. And the lyric is stunningly different than anything I've ever done before. So it's one of my favorites."
Check out a Fuentes-free acoustic performance of "Beautiful Goodbye" at Yahoo: