Toni Tennille reveals troubled marriage to 'The Captain': He did not like to be touched or hugged

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Toni Tennille Reveals There Was No Deep Connection In Marriage To 'The Captain'

In a new memoir, singer Toni Tennille reveals her troubled marriage to her ex-husband, Daryl Dragon.

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The two comprised the 1970s group Captain and Tennille, and had a string of hits.

They also had their own ABC variety show, which was seen by 30 million people a week.

A very young John Travolta once made a guest appearance

Now, in Toni Tennille: A Memoir, she reveals her life was not the perfect love story millions of fans may have imagined.

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Toni Tennille reveals troubled marriage to 'The Captain': He did not like to be touched or hugged
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Daryl Dragon and wife Toni Tennille, who sing as the Captain and Tennille, arrive for the annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 28, 1976. They were nominated in several categories, including Record of the Year. The awards are made by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. (AP Photo)
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Singers Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille of Captain and Tennille attending 'A Gift of Music Bicentennial Tribute to Men and Women of Achievement' on April 25, 1981 at Metromedia Square in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Musicians Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon of Captain and Tennille attend the 'A Gift of Music' LA Bicentennial Tribute to Men & Women of Acheivement on April 25, 1981 at Metromedia Square in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Toni Tennille and husband Daryl Dragon, of the singing duo Captain & Tennille, relax during a contest appearance in New York Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2001. The two were called on to judge the singing skills of various duets competing to sing a jingle in an upcoming commercial for a Glade air freshening product. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
File-This Oct. 25, 1995 file photo shows Toni Tennille, left, and Daryl Dragon, the singing duo The Captain and Tennille, posing during an interview in at their home in Washoe Valley, south of Reno, Nevada. Court documents filed by Tennille in Arizona say that her marriage to Dragon is irretrievably broken and cannot be reconciled. The two have been married for more than 38 years. The popular 1970s pop duo's hits include "Love Will Keep Us Together," which earned a Grammy for record of the year in 1975. (AP Photo/David B. Parker, File)
LAS VEGAS - JULY 27: 'Captain' Daryl Dragon and his wife Toni Tennille of the music duo The Captain and Tennille, pose at the Video Software Dealers Association's annual home video convention at the Bellagio July 27, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They are promoting a Christmas album entitled 'Saving Up Christmas' and a DVD box set that will each be released October 11, 2005. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Asked if her relationship was a nightmare, she told INSIDE EDITION, "It kind of was. I was this person constantly looking for something he couldn't give," she said.

"But the music, we were right there together," she said.

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Tennille, 75, said their relationship was fraught with problems from the beginning. Tennille wrote that when she would go in for a hug, Dragon would get uncomfortable.

"What finally got us to marry was that our accountant said, 'You know, you could pay a lot less taxes if you were married,'" she said.

Their hit songs were all about love and romance; but behind the scenes, she said it was another story.

"There was no connection to me. It should be an intimate, loving connection. That didn't happen," she said.

Even with their problems, the marriage lasted 39 years. She said she finally decided to call it quits in 2014.

"People thought we had this fairy-tale relationship. I knew that they would be disappointed," she said.

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