Robert Redford Honors “Crush” Betty White in Heartwarming Tribute

Betty White was beloved by all, including her “crush” Robert Redford.

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.