Farrah Fawcett's longtime on/off partner RYAN O'NEAL has opened up about the actress' brave cancer battle in a new U.S. TV interview, insisting the Charlie's Angels star has taught all her friends how to be better people.
In a new chat with newswoman Meredith Vieira, the movie star admits he loves Fawcett more than he ever has because of what she has been through since she was diagnosed with anal cancer in 2006.
He says, "In the last two years I loved her more than I've ever loved her - ever. She's so much more of a woman. (She's) powerful, courageous, fearless and all those adjectives. And I look at her with awe.
"And she's not afraid, either. I never saw fear at all.
"She asked me once: 'Am I gonna make it?' She asked me that a couple of weeks ago. I said, 'Yeah, sure, you'll make it. And if you don't, I'll go with you.'
"She's the rock. She taught us all how to cope. She's extraordinary. I don't know what I'll do without her, to tell you the truth."
O'Neal's heartfelt interview will run on TV later this week - before a two-hour special on Fawcett's ongoing cancer battle.