Analyze the love life of David Rossi at the end of the criminal minds
When Rossi joined the team in Season 3 following the abrupt departure of Jason Gideon (Mandy Patinkin), he already had a string of unsuccessful marriages. The Vietnamese vet was first married to Carolyn Baker in the 1970s. The couple had a son, James, who sadly passed away shortly after his birth. The grief of losing a child and Rossi’s dedication to the FBI put insurmountable pressure on the marriage. Rossi was truly an absent husband, even when he was physically present. Eventually, Carolyn ended the marriage, but the two remained close friends until her death by suicide in Season 7.
After her divorce from Carolyn, Rossi eventually began dating, and would later marry, Hayden Montgomery (Sheryl Lee Ralph), an American diplomat from the French Embassy. Once again, Rossi’s professional life caused their relationship to collapse. With Hayden living in Paris and Rossi focused on escalating the ranks within the FBI, neither were able to fully engage with each other. The marriage lasted less than a year, although Hayden got pregnant before the separation. Believing that Rossi could never commit to being a father, Hayden hid the pregnancy and birth from him. It will take about 30 years later for Rossi to realize the existence of his daughter Joy. However, once they met, Joy became an important part of her life.
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