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Emma Thompson was ‘blind’ to ex Kenneth Branagh’s affairs

Nearly 30 years after the breakup of her first marriage and nearly 20 years into her second, actor-writer Emma Thompson admits she suffered from passing blindness a few years again.

“I was utterly, utterly blind to the fact that he had relationships with other women on set,” she tells the New Yorker, talking about actor-director Kenneth Branagh, her first partner. “What I learned was how easy it is to be blinded by your own desire to deceive yourself.”

Branagh and Thompson break up in 1995, ending six years of marriage after he had an affair with Helena Bonham Carter, his main girl from “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” a yr earlier. Branagh and Bonham Carter have been a high-profile merchandise till 1999.

Thompson, in the meantime, was shattered.

“I was half alive. Any sense of being a lovable or worthy person had gone completely,” she advised the New Yorker. It took a relationship with “Sense & Sensibility” co-star Greg Wise to convey her again to life. The two bought concerned in 1995 whereas filming the film and have been married in 2003.

They are nonetheless collectively 19 years after exchanging vows.

“I’ve learned more from my second marriage just by being married,” Thompson stated. “As my mother says, ‘The first 20 years are the hardest.’”

She and Bonham Carter made their peace “years and years ago,” Thompson advised Britain’s Sunday Times journal in 2013.

“You can’t hold on to anything like that,” Thompson stated on the time. “I just think … pfft. It’s pointless. I haven’t got the energy for it.”

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But the “Bridget Jones’ Baby” and “Last Christmas” screenwriter did use the adverse vitality from her breakup to gas her well-known “Love, Actually” efficiency, the place she performed a faithful spouse who learns her husband (performed by the late Alan Rickman) has been untrue.

In the movie, she finds out the reality when she opens a Christmas present she expects to be a romantic necklace she stumbled upon in his jacket pocket, solely to appreciate he’s given it to a different lady whereas selecting a Joni Mitchell CD for her.

“That scene where my character is standing by the bed crying is so well known because it’s something everyone’s been through,” Thompson stated at an occasion in 2018. “I had my heart very badly broken by Ken. So I knew what it was like to find the necklace that wasn’t meant for me.

“Well it wasn’t exactly that, but we’ve all been through it.”

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