Ioan Gruffudd claimed he and his wife Alice Evans had been ‘struggling’ for four years, a year before he left her.
The 102 Dalmatians stars have confirmed their separation, saying that it is an ‘incredibly difficult time’ but that they ‘remain committed to our children’.
Evans, 49, said she was ‘confused and sad’ after her husband of 13 years announced he was ‘leaving his family’.
In an interview last year, Gruffudd claimed that he and his wife had been struggling over the past four years, due to work taking him away from the family.
The 47-year-old told the Guardian: ‘I think we’ve struggled the past four years, making time for each other because physically we’re apart’. but added: ‘We’re very practical about the whole thing.’
The interviewer added that Gruffudd was ‘uxorious’ when talking about his wife, and the actor admitted that Evans was the main childcare giver in the family.
He said: ‘I think I did it for a week and thought I was really cool.
‘Alice had come back, she had been away for a week. I was showing off – “the kids are in bed” – and she was “Yeah, you’ve done one week Ioan, try six months”.’
Recently, Gruffudd worked in the UK to film two series of ITV drama Liar, and filmed the drama Harrow, in which he has the leading role, in Australia.
Meanwhile, Evans remained in Los Angeles with their daughters, Ella Betsi, 11, and seven-year-old Elsie Marigold.
Aside from the pair’s joint statement confirming their split, Gruffudd has not addressed his wife’s allegations, which she made in now-deleted tweets.
Evans first tweeted: ‘‘Sad news. My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week.
‘Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad [sic]. We haven’t been given a reason except that he ‘no longer loves me.’ I’m so sorry.’
This tweet was deleted, and the actress later posted: ‘Hi there. I didn’t delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving.
‘He did. From my account. And hell yes when I am being gaslit […] then hell yes I will wash my linen in public.’
Gruffudd and Evans met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000, when Evans was in a relationship with Olivier Picasso, the great-grandson of Pablo Picasso.
They got married in Mexico in 2007, and went on to welcome their two children via IVF.
Credit: Original article published here.