Friday, 19 March 2010

Winslet And Mendes Separate Over Mutual Differences

Reading's golden couple, Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes, have announced they are to separate.

The two Oscar winners, who married in 2003, released a statement through their publicists stating that they are both saddened by the development but that
"The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement. Both parties are fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children."
Local celebrity columnist Paul Robins writes for 'The Diary' that the partnership hit the rocks on the set of Revolutionary Road in which Mendes directed a series of 'steamy' sex scenes involving Winslet.

He notes that the subject matter of the film 'may have tempted fate' since it was also about a disintegrating marriage. And Geoffrey MacNabb investigates whether the stresses of the production process is likely to cause a rupture.

But perhaps it wasn't so much as case of life mirroring art as a master of his craft dictating the course of events. With rumours circulating that Mendes may have already begun an affair with Frost/Nixon star Rebbeca Hall did he have an ulterior motive in choosing this project?

An alternative undercurrent has also emerged with suggestions that the couple 'grew apart'. However this appears code for differences of opinion regarding career choices.

Following her split from the renowned master impresario Winslet is reportedly consoling herself in retreat in Mexico and may be considering a reconciliation with first husband, the more politically-minded independent producer/director, James Threapleton.

Oranjepan asks:
Interestingly for such a story with far-reaching name recognition it is only mainstream commercial publications which have covered it - nary a blogger has bothered to write a comment.

Does this indicate the true level of interest in celebrity gossip?


  1. martinsnottheone21 March 2010 at 12:20

    Perhaps unlike you we respect their privacy.

    Seeing as there is an election on could we have more about politics please, and leave celebs alone.

  2. Hi there MNTO, good to see you here.

    You make an interesting point, but it's one with which I must strongly disagree.

    Firstly, the personal is always political - the breakdown in the relationship exposes the conflicts arising from differing attitudes.

    And secondly, statements released by publicists are specifically NOT private. As anyone in the theatre should know that all the world is a stage, but life lived in the public eye will be scrutinised more heavily.

    The fact remains that slebs don't want to be left alone, because they earn their beans by turning themselves into archetypes. So the problem is not in paying them any attention, but in paying them too much or too little.

    Although I'm not a fan of excess, I would worry more about any creeping puritanism that is more likely to be the collective reaction to celebrity culture.

  3. martinsnottheone22 March 2010 at 22:29

    This week there is a strike, MPs in court, other MPs selling their lobbying skills, an election about to be anounced, hustings happening around the town and lots of coverage of politicians in the media. And a high speed rail line London to Brum announced. You have yet to cover most of this.

    I am not interested in the private lives of celebs, though I do like their films.

  4. Yes, I fully appreciate the range of diverse interests across society and it is the aim of this blog to cater for them as best as possible.

    I'm sorry if you take exception to this post, but you can see from the archive that it's not typical.

    For consistency's sake, will you now also be complaining about the local councillors for wasting your time by writing about Susan Boyle, X-factor and Strictly Come Dancing?

    And will you also explain how the private lives of individuals you've criticised only recently on your blog has any relevancy to the policy matters you're so obviously concerned about?


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