Sally Field claims that Burt Reynolds ‘created’ her as the love of his life: ‘I was not.’

Sally Field was not Burt Reynolds’s true love.

Reynolds officially referred to her as such in 2015, three years before his death. He expressed regret for not making their romance, which began on the set of 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, work, and raved about how much he missed her.

The actress’ perspective is markedly different.

“He was not someone I could be around,” she said in a new interview. “He was simply not right for me in any way.”