Jennifer Esposito Addresses Claim She Called Ex-Husband Bradley Cooper a ‘Master Manipulator’

Jennifer Esposito and Bradley Cooper in 2006

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updated 05/12/2014 AT 7:45 PM ET

originally published 05/12/2014 AT 7:50 PM ET

Jennifer Esposito is apparently not one to name names.

“He was funny, smart, cocky, arrogant, and a master manipulator. I didn’t necessarily find him that attractive, but I figured that I could enjoy his sense of humor and nonsense for a while,” the actress writes of an ex in her new book. “We had fun, but he also had a mean, cold side. His personality could flip on a dime.”

Speculation started that the former Blue Bloods star is referring to Bradley Cooper, to whom she was married from 2005 to 2006, but Esposito never names the ex she is referring to in Jennifer’s Way: My Journey with Celiac Disease – What Doctors Don’t Tell You and How You Can Learn to Live Again.

And she isn’t happy that the focus has been on the passage in which she refers to her relationship as having “an entire marching band squad of red flags” rather than her intended message.

“This book is about my journey with celiac disease and only that,” Esposito says in a statement. “To refer to anything other than the subject at hand or to make this book about anything else is an insult to me and this disease that plagues so many.”

• Reporting by SHARON COTLIAR


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