Art Bell, Airyn Ruiz Bell, Philippines, Coast-To-Coast AM
Bell Remarries, Moves To Philippines
Just three months after losing wife Ramona to complications from asthma, "Coast- to- Coast AM" host Art Bell has abandoned Pahrump, Nevada, moved to the Philippines and remarried.
Having all but given up his once-mighty overnight radio show, Bell will continue to do twice-monthly broadcasts from his new overseas home.
While it's not clear how Art came to know his new partner, Airyn Ruiz Bell, photos of the ceremony are now available at the C-2-C website. From the site:
Art Bell's New Wife
During the first hour, Art shared the story of how he met, fell in love with, and married a very special Filipino woman, Airyn Ruiz. Art also announced that he will be moving to the Philippines on April 29th to be with Airyn, but will continue doing weekend Coast programs from that location.
Though the Radio Equalizer would rather not critique Bell's personal life decisions, others are already doing so. From Harold at the New York radio board:
I can't help but feel that there is something very weird about all this. True, it might be keeping in character with the subject of Mr. Bell's radio career. But this notion of giving up everything and running away for love opens the door to many explanations that wouldn't have the word "normal" as part of them.
For those who don't know, Bell is 60. His new bride is "20 something." I got the impression it's closer to 20 than 30. Bell's previous wife died of complications from asthma this past January.
He is selling his home in Nevada and has given at least one of his cats away. A ham radio operator since 1958, Bell is selling his entire amateur radio station. "Strange" is the only word that comes to mind.
I wonder if Bell friend Drudge will have a story on this. So far there's nothing.
Let's hope things work out well for the new Bell family.
UPDATE: there's some debate over whether this is really anybody's business, but since Bell posted the photos and spent an hour of airtime discussing it, the answer seems to be yes. Harold defends his previous post here.
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