Hollywood is known for fleeting romantic entanglements, several of which die before you can say jack. Most of the time, even the ones that go the distance and become a marriage, such as James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff’s relationship, they still suffer the unfortunate reality of a divorce.
In the case of James McAvoy and his ex-wife, Anne-Marie Duff, there have been plenty of speculated reasons as to why the couple parted ways after nine years of being married. But nothing has been established by them. In this article, we share the truth about why the former Shameless stars got divorced.
Truth About James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff’s Divorce
He may no longer look like it, but before James McAvoy became an international movie star, he was a young and relatively unknown actor on the Showtime long-running series, Shameless. There, he met Anne-Marie Duff, who was part of the cast of the show.
On the show, they played each other’s love interests, and despite the fact Duff is nine years older than James, they turned fiction into reality. They started dating on the show before they eventually left and got married in October 2006.
Even though James McAvoy and his ex-wife were not the most charitable when it comes to details about their marriage, the couple had plenty of fans who ‘shipped’ them and hoped their union would last. Unfortunately, that hope was dashed on the 13th of May, 2016, when the couple released that dreaded statement – ‘It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce.’
Despite the amount of speculation and reasons that have been floated for the demise of their marriage, nothing has been officially confirmed to date by the couple. James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff continue to maintain the code of silence that defined their time together.
This means that even though we do not know the exact truth, reasons such as James McAvoy cheating or their age difference playing a pivotal role are categorically false.
The closest to an official reason shared by the couple was given by Anne-Marie Duff who deployed metaphors by suggesting that the process of going through the divorce was like ‘holding hands with a hurricane.’
James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff’s Son
Four years into their marriage, James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff welcomed a child, a son, Brendan, who was born on the 26th of February 2010. Their son was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Westminster, London.
Despite being celebrities, they were a traditional couple. They not only refrained from discussing their personal life in the press but also chose not to know the sex of their baby until he was born.
More than nine years after he was born, James and his ex-wife have continued to keep details about their son’s life away from the press. His only presence in the media thus far is his occasional appearances with either of his parents on the red carpet for an event.
Will Brendan, whose name means Prince in Welsh, follow in his parents’ footsteps as an actor? Time will tell.
They remain friends and co-parents
Divorce statements tend to include phrases like ‘continued friendship,’ which often turn out to be a lie in reality, with both parties flinging mud at each other. However, in the case of the former Shameless couple, it appears to be true.
Despite being divorced after nine years of being husband and wife, James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff remain friends, or at the very least, acquaintances. They continue to work together, as shown on the show, His Dark Materials, but more interestingly, they live together.
To reduce the disruptive impact of the divorce on their son, this former couple shares a house in North London.
James McAvoy Has Moved On
Divorce can sometimes leave people dreading love and commitment but it would appear that it is not the case for James McAvoy. While it is presumed that he and his ex-wife were separated long before they made the announcement, he was linked to another woman, Lisa Liberati, shortly after they announced their divorce.
After about a year of speculation, James and Lisa eventually confirmed their relationship in the following year via an Instagram photo. Fast-forward to 2019, they are rumored to be a married couple. Both of them have been spotted with a wedding band on their fingers.
On the part of Anne-Marie Duff, there hasn’t been any news when it comes to her dating life. It is unknown if she is that great at keeping her personal life private, or there is truly nothing to tell.