Shortly after Ryan Sweeting and Kaley Cuoco’s first meeting, she played nurse for him, and not in the way you’re thinking. During a February 2014 appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” she said that they went on one blind date and Sweeting “moved in the next day” (via E! News). He was suffering from a back injury sustained while playing tennis, and Cuoco became his caretaker. “I kind of nursed him back to health,” she told Ellen DeGeneres. However, Sweeting’s physical problems were reportedly having a negative effect on his emotional wellbeing and his tennis career. “He has been struggling with injuries and barely practiced tennis. He has acted very down,” an insider told People after the couple’s 21-month marriage ended.
In September 2015, Us Weekly reported that Sweeting had developed an addiction to the painkillers he was prescribed after undergoing back surgery (via the Daily Mail). A source told Page Six that he checked into rehab after Cuoco “gave him an ultimatum” and threatened to leave him if he didn’t get sober. His whereabouts were unknown for days after he left the treatment center, according to the outlet.
Cuoco hasn’t spoken about the reports that her ex was struggling with addiction, but she did tell Cosmopolitan in 2018 that something about Sweeting changed after they got married. “The person I ended up with was not the person I originally met,” she said.