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Alice Evans broke down in tears as she discussed her divorce from Ioan Gruffudd in “Lorraine” on Thursday.
Evans, who shares Ella, 12, and Elsie, eight, with Gruffudd, publicly called her ex on social media earlier this year, claiming she’d left them all of a sudden.
While host Lorraine Kelly questioned an emotional Evans about when she learned it was over, she explained what it was like when he returned to the family home in Los Angeles after filming his “Harrow” show in Australia.
He said: “He came in and hugged the children, then he gave me a very dry kiss on the cheek and that was how I realized that there was something very wrong.
“We have been together for 20 years. I was one of the very complacent ones – what’s the phrase “Bridget Jones”? Married pleased. And I think these are things like, just with other things, you can go through the loss of a parent or infertility, you don’t know what it’s like until it happens to you.
“I thought it would never happen to me. She said to me in the early days: ‘I just don’t love you anymore.’ “
Evans continued, “And look, I’m not questioning his right to hear that – I’m not hitting him – but it was so unexpected and then for about four months we continued here and he kept saying, ‘I’m sorry, not. I feel the same about you anymore. I could go, I might not go. “
“And I finally got to the point where I had been alone for the whole pandemic with my two children. I’ve been taking care of them for 10 years, when he’s mostly been shooting for the past 10 years, outside of Los Angeles. So I was here and he was here but he wasn’t talking to me, he wasn’t looking at me, he went to sleep in the guest room.
“In the end, I thought I might have hurt myself.
“I talked to my friends and they kept saying, ‘This isn’t like him, it just doesn’t sound good.’ I think I was bored [them] and my friends didn’t know what to tell me, and at one point I thought, ‘I’m going to lose my mind.’
‘And I just tweeted,’ He’s leaving us’ And then all hell broke loose… ”Evans added.
Gruffudd and Evans met while filming “102 Dalmatians”, getting married in 2007.
The actress has spoken openly about the split on social media, with some criticizing her for doing so.
Evans said of the people’s reaction: “His reaction was not good. Initially, I think no one has ever done this before and I would say the reaction was around 50:50. You know, there were a lot of people who were mad at me and almost didn’t believe me which is a little weird when you think about it because it’s a pretty weird thing to come up with if I’m 20 with someone and then come up with an idea. who left me, is leaving us, when he didn’t.
“Many people were shocked and there was a lot of talk about a dignified silence. And I will [makes quotation marks with her fingers], because I don’t understand how one can speak of a dignified silence when I speak of my whole life falling apart around me “.
He continued: “I think people use that phrase a lot, but over time, because I stopped tweeting – because I was legally told not to – and then I went back.
“It’s kind of a confusing story, but I think when people figured out what had happened, I’d say the support is now around 80 or 90. [per cent] in my favor. Not for me against him, but for me to talk and understand why I’m doing it. “
Gruffudd has since announced his new relationship with Bianca Wallace, sharing a snap of the couple in October.
Evans was in tears when he explained to Kelly that the couple no longer communicate.
He said: “He will only speak to me through lawyers. Even though I walk up to the phone when he sometimes rarely talks to kids on FaceTime, he walks away and calls the lawyers. I do not know why.”
Evans added of Gruffudd’s new romance: “It’s very bizarre because, as many people know, he insisted, I think I can tell, he insisted until two weeks ago that there was no one else.
“My phone rang and said [he] unblocked you on Instagram. I thought maybe he wants to talk. It was announced by him and his mistress that they were a couple on Instagram two weeks ago. I looked at the photo and it said something like “finally someone who can make me happy”.
“People from his set in Australia [were] saying “I’m so glad you guys are finally out and happy”. I was killed. This is my husband.
“I think I owed more than one Instagram after 20 years of marriage and two children. I feel a bit of an idiot too. I’m pretty sure this has been going on for a while. He’s not someone he just met now. “