But Britta Lee Shain, in her memoir about her time in Dylan’s circle — which included a lengthy seduction by Dylan followed by a brief affair — tells of exactly that, showing the playful, mischievous and womanizing side of the musical icon that the public rarely sees. “For days afterwards, I weigh everything Ernie does,” she writes, “and it all seems pretty stupid to me.” Along the way, Shain got to know more of Dylan’s inner circle, including his first road manager from the ’60s.
“Bob swoops up a [large] slice [of cake], circles the table, then plasters the gooey dessert in my face,” writes Shain in “Seeing the Real You at Last.” Later, after she returns fire, Dylan “picks up the champagne bottle and pours it over my head.” Shain, an aspiring screenwriter and lifelong Dylan fanatic, began dating Dylan’s road manager, Ernie, in 1985. ‘Oh, Bob,’ I wind up gushing, ‘I think Ernie’s the smartest guy I’ve ever known.’ “ ‘Smart! He shared with her that in the early days, Dylan “was so broke in New York he sold his body for 20 bucks a pop” and also that he had used heroin. ’” After critics lambasted shows on his 1987 tour, he read one of the reviews while a glowing article about Michael Jackson, featuring a picture of him and his chimp, Bubbles, stared him down from the opposite page.
But after he got her to commit to running off to the Caribbean with him, Shain told Ernie they were together.
As the three of them took in a movie — Dylan liked to see movies made by or starring people he knew — Shain says he asked her, when the two found themselves alone, what she saw in Ernie. Dylan — who had a home in Trump Tower at the time — was off to a party with his girlfriend, Carole, and several friends, including Shain, when he asked where they were going. The famed songwriter had some unique ideas for movies.
I also think it’s such an incongruous pair of brainy wholesome Kim Tae Hee with brawny himbo Rain that maybe it’ll actually work and the opposites attract sentiment may lead to two people complementing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
While they did admit to dating immediately after the news broke, they haven’t made any public appearances or actually spoken much about each other in public.
Korean netizens are completely against the couple for reasons that make no sense to me, something to do with scandal-prone Rain not being good enough for sweet and sensible Kim Tae Hee.
I’m sure she likes him for reasons aside from his peccadilloes, perchance he looks good in a muscle T or worships the ground she walks on, who knows?