Emma Thompson has spoken for the first time about her former husband Kenneth Branagh’s affair with quirky actress Helena Bonham Carter.
The tryst ended Emma’s six-year marriage to Branagh, whom she wed in 1989.
Emma Thompson said the affair and split are “all blood under the bridge”, adding that “You can’t hold on to anything like that. It’s pointless. I haven’t got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago.”
The 54-year-old Oscar-winning actress went into a deep depression after the end of her marriage in 1995.
Helena Bonham Carter apparently had an affair with Emma’s then-husband Kenneth Branagh in 1994 when she played his love interest “Frankenstein”. They went on to have a five-year relationship.
Thompson said she used her heartbreaking feelings of betrayal when she played the wronged wife in the romantic comedy “Love Actually”.
Emma revealed, “I’ve had so much bloody practice at crying in a bedroom, then having to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer”.
The actress said she believes she is a little similar to Carter, which may have appealed to Branagh. She joked they were both “slightly mad and a bit fashion-challenged”.
She adds, “Perhaps that’s why Ken loved us both. She’s a wonderful woman, Helena”.
But Emma Thompson went on to find love with actor and producer Greg Wise, whom she met on the set of the 1995 version of “Sense and Sensibility”. The couple have a daughter, Gaia, 13, and a son, Tindyebwa Agaba, 26, a former child soldier from Rwanda whom they informally adopted when he was 16.
Helena Bonham Carter has two children, Billy, ten, and Nell, five, with her partner, film director Tim Burton.
Helena previously said her relationships had been misunderstood in the press, alluding to allegations of her affair with Branagh, and later, Tim Burton.
The actress said, “Yes. I’m a habitual, serial home breaker, apparently. It gets frustrating because I know the story and the truth of it. It is very hurtful and, frankly, some of the things I have been called are quite libelous. But it’s part of the price of being in the public eye.”
And obviously part of having affairs with married men!
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