Kiefer Sutherland Opens Up About Julia Roberts, 25 Years Later 'Took a lot of courage' to end engagement, he says By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Sep 27, 2016 10:15 AM CDT 13 comments Comments In this 2009 file photo, actor Kiefer Sutherland arrives at the "24" Season 7 finale screening and panel discussion in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File) (Newser) – Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts had a whirlwind romance in the early '90s that crashed and burned when Roberts left Sutherland just days before their planned nuptials. There were rumors Sutherland was in some sort of relationship with a go-go dancer, and Roberts ultimately ended up with Sutherland's friend Jason Patric. Now, 25 years later, Sutherland is speaking out about the debacle. "We were young and we were both very much in love, we had decided that we wanted to get married, but then this other thing kind of took over," Sutherland tells People. "She was arguably the most famous woman in the world, and this wedding that was supposed to be something between the two of us became something so big. ... And I think it took a lot of courage, even amongst all of that other stuff, to be able to say, "I can't do this."'