Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 4/6/12

Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards dated for a about a year from 2005-2006. Judging by her new book, “In the Water They Can’t See You Cry,” it sounds like the relationship was far from a healthy one. According to Beard, Edwards was controlling and selfish. From the sound of it, she also did not enjoy the NASCAR culture — particularly the interactions between drivers and their significant others.

Beard says it was Edwards’ self-centered attitude that led to their inevitable breakup in 2006.

“He never asked me what I might like to do, because he only wanted to be on Carl time,” the seven-time Olympic medalist wrote according to Sporting News. “He couldn’t imagine any other kind of time.”

She also said that she has cut ties with Edwards “severely and permanently” and that she felt “relieved and energized” when they split. Perhaps the most entertaining part of her recollections about Edwards were her memories about socializing with other drivers and their girlfriends and wives.

“Their entire existence revolved around their significant others,” she wrote. “Three beers and a thousand predictions later, I wanted to scream, ‘Don’t you guys have lives?’ They were very sweet, but I didn’t have anything in common with the rest of the women.”

If “Talladega Nights” didn’t just pop into your head, you’ve probably never seen the movie. Beard also added that Edwards was extremely jealous and asked her to stop doing sexy photo shoots for magazines like Maxim and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. When she informed him that she had used cocaine before, she says Edwards was disgusted and didn’t even want her to have a glass of wine after that. From that point on, Beard says she decided she wasn’t going to tell him anything personal about herself. Naturally, that led to the demise of the relationship.

From what Beard says, there could be a lot of money in making a “NASCAR Wives” reality television series. Make it happen, VH1.

Photo credits: Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE, Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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