Kaley Cuoco: My trust fund husband and I didn't marry each other for money

Newlywed Kaley Cuoco is on cloud nine in the romance department, but if things don’t work out with Karl Cook, she’ll land on her feet.

Three months after their extravagant #KCSquared wedding festivities, the Big Bang Theory actress talked about her new marriage with Women’s Health. The takeaway is that she’s an independent woman — with or without her ring. And her hefty bank account — from being one of TV’s highest-paid stars — plays a part in it.

Kaley Cuoco at the 9th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Oct. 6 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)
Kaley Cuoco at the 9th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Oct. 6 in Los Angeles. (Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Veuve Clicquot)

Cuoco said that Cook had never seen The Big Bang Theory — and didn’t know about her showbiz career — when they physically bumped into each other at an equestrian event. And they were on equal footing as their romance developed because not only is she independently wealthy, but he has his own wealth, from being a pro rider, his work as a champion breeder through his Pomponio Ranch, and — oh, yeah — his trust fund as the son of Scott Cook, who co-founded Intuit.

“We bonded a lot over having the same kind of outlooks on life, insecurities, dating,” she told the magazine. “He comes from a very well-to-do family, so there’s all these [preconceived ideas] of being spoiled, and blah, blah, blah. And he’s just the opposite.”

Cuoco said Cook wasn’t impressed with her IMDb credits. “It was great because he never kissed my ass at all, and he never cared about any of that,” she said. “He loved that I loved horses. It became a big talking point for us.”

And while she’s invested in their marriage — her second after a series of high-profile relationships with men, including Johnny Galecki and (for 10 days) Henry Cavill — she feels a sense of independence as well.

“I want to see him,” she told the magazine. “I like knowing, though, that I’m [financially] set, because I’ve taken it upon myself to do that. I like to tell my friends, ‘Always make sure you have your life going, and that you’re No. 1, so that anyone who comes into it — husband, or boyfriend, or girlfriend, however you roll — that’s just an added bonus to something you’re already creating.’”

She added, “I don’t need Karl for anything. If Karl left me tomorrow, I’d be fine. And he knows that, and he would be fine too.”

But these comments don’t mean there is already trouble. (She and first husband Ryan Sweeting split after just 21 months of marriage.) She recently posted on Instagram to celebrate their three-month anniversary and also announced that they are practicing for their own family.

And soon after the interview came out, Cuoco clarified, via an interview on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show, that, “Yes, I would be very upset if my husband left me.” However, “With that being said, I think in this climate and age, women need to know that they are OK on their own and they can be stable without anybody else. It’s very, very important that we’re not relying on other people. We have to rely on ourselves and I think women sometimes get lost in that. So, “Yes, I would be devastated if my husband left me. But at the same time, I know that I would be OK, and that’s kind of what I was trying to say.”

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