Following the actress’ death at the age of 99, Robert said in a statement to E! News, “Betty lived life devoted to her craft and her love of animals. She made us all laugh, including me.”
He then added: “I had a crush on her too!”
The Golden Girls star recently expressed admiration for the Hollywood star in a Dec. 28 interview with People, saying, “I’ve heard Ryan [Reynolds] can’t get over his thing for me but Robert Redford is The One.”
Robert didn’t reply at the time, but Betty’s The Proposal co-star did, joking on Twitter, “I’m absolutely sick of the media exploiting past relationships just to drive clicks.”
Of course, Betty and Robert have a history—kind of. Back when Betty played Sue Ann on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, she made a reference to the star of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the episode “Chuckles Bites the Dust,” as reported by Thrillist.