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Kate Winslet Splits with Sam Mendes

Kate Winslet Splits with Sam Mendes

Kate Winslet and her husband of nearly seven years, director Sam Mendes, have split.

Kate and Sam are saddened to announce that they separated earlier this year,” their lawyers said in a statement (via People). “The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement. Both parties are fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children.” 

The couple married in 2003 and have a six-year-old son, Joe, together. Kate also has a nine-year-old daughter, Mia, from a previous marriage.

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  • Keep it Real

    I wouldnot stress the oscar curse tooo much because we know Halle Berry’s hubby was a sex addict long before she won (they were doomed.) Julia Roberts pretty much changed boyfriends/hubbys frequently until her current one. We also know some of the other women were with men who couldnot cope with living in their wives career shadows. Maybe the lesson is actresses need to marry people OUTSIDE of the industry.

  • ck

    Wow. They did a good job keeping that secret…didn’t hear a whisper about this. Hope they work out something with the kids in mind – they’re always the ones that suffer the most.

  • danderleon

    I doubt the Oscar had anything to do with it. She met her first assistant director husband on set and they divorced 3 years and 1 child later and she started seeing Sam Mendes pretty soon after the divorce. If she’s not careful she will have a gaggle of Directors and a child with each.

    If there was anything between her and Leo it would have happened ages ago plus I don’t think Leo swings that way.

  • caxposed

    Wow… I think my heart stopped beating for about ten seconds after reading the awful news!

  • sd

    Wow! second divorce!

  • Francia

    OULALA didn’t expect that one from her! I guess Love comes and just fades away in stupidwood…

  • Francia

    OULALA didn’t expect that one from her! I guess Love comes and just fades away in stupidwood…

  • Keep it Real

    @danderleon. I have to aggree with you there. Kate needs to be able to take things wayyyyy slower next time. I know very passionate people have a hard time doing that.

  • too real

    Gwenyth dropped Ben big head after her win
    reese witherspoon dropped her hubby after her win
    hilary dropped her hubby after her second win…she was not famous enough when she won the first one.

    like I said the pattern is there.
    the curse is not the award is the striving to get to that point
    the women scarifice alot to get to that point. children….spouses.. time with family.. even in todays world it is still frowned upon when a women neglects her family.
    but men can stay away from their family for months and no one blinks an eye.
    this is the dilemna…women still pay the price.
    I dont think sam mendes was jealous of her success but it might have to do with the time they spend apart and the sacrifices she makes to be succesful.
    Reese witherspoon IMO was too young to be married with kids. once her career took off something was going to suffer.
    Ryan and reese just grew up.. they were no longer the youngins in love…now the harsh reality hit them…what happened to my youth? and why didn’t I wait before having kids?

  • chaos

    Did not see this one coming. Thought it would be one of those Hollywood marriages that last, given that they are both low key and not celeb-obsessed types. But he had a reputation for being a ladies’ man before marriage to Kate Winslet. Maybe two Oscar winners in a marriage is just one OScar winner too much.

  • Year of the Break Ups! 2010!!

    Next Stop: Barf Sluterilli and Leo DiCaprio! Yay!!!!!!! :)

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  • Saudia

    Omg! I’m shocked, honestly. This makes me sad. They were great together. When ever she talked about him there was so much love. Oh gosh, I wish them well.

  • Jeff

    “reese witherspoon dropped her hubby after her win”
    Ryan dumped Witherspoon for Abbie Cornish.

  • Kim

    I’m sure Kate and Sam will be fine, they are both good people.

  • Go Ask Alice

    I agree w/ Josie #5.

    She was married once and then him and a child with each guy.

    She is British. Lives there. Both men are British,and she lives a quiet life so that is why she will be under the radar .

    Too bad for splitsville..

  • lexy

    That sucks but I’m sure she’ll be fine!

  • woop

    I dislike her because she has a big mouth but it is always sad when couples split especialy the ones with small children.

  • rina

    leo and kate will never be together, i’am really sad for her

  • Lurker

    Another break up the tabloids missed, lol. They are too busy fabricating stories about Brad and Angie to realize what is going on with all the other couples who are actually having marital problems.

  • Abbie

    I really wanna see her dating Leo. They would make an incredible couple. It`s time for Leo to give up on models already!

  • Marisa

    Sad news! Kate is a very classy woman, she’ll probably handle this well in respect to media. She went on vacation in Mexico with her kids and family members/friends, which is a smart decision on her part because while the divorce news is unfolding, she’s away from everything. She does a good job of keeping her personal life out of the spotlight, keeping her kids out of the spotlight, its not strange that people including myself were shocked by this divorce! Nobody saw it coming because they keep quiet and are smart about it. They’ve been separated for months now and not a hint of speculation of divorce during those months! At the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Oscars this year she kept her composure and held her head up high! It’s good that this was announced NOW, Kate and Sam were smart not to announce it right away because then at this year’s award ceremonies Kate would be the subject of discussion. I think she’s the type who just doesn’t want to be under so much spotlight…it shows through everything she does. Ahh I’m still shocked and sad about this but I’m not worried because Kate seems like such a lovely person, she’s always with her kids, I feel sorry for her kids. It’s always hardest on the kids in a situation of divorce but I think they will turn out fine. This situation was announced with class, no big fuss just a simple announcement and the fact that Kate is in Mexico makes it even better because she’s not putting herself in a situation of being approached by the media. Hopefully by the time she returns, the news will have cooled down! Plus she’s filming that Mildred Pierce project in April so she’ll be occupied with that. I’m just hoping for the best for the family!

  • she shall remain nameless

    I can’t believe this, truly sad. I thought they would make it for the long haul.


    Watch out Bar. You are in trouble. Keep a bag packed and near the door. Kate is the future Mrs.DiCaprio. It is only a matter of time. Those 2 are so into each other. It is on!

  • go sox

    @POOCHIE: That is SO laughable. Leo is into the model types; he doesn’t go for anything beyond that. Kate is too classy and intelligent for Leo. They are JUST FRIENDS. Nothing more.

    I find this news very sad for Kate; she seemed very committed to her marriage. But how refreshing to see a couple handle it with class and maintain their privacy as long as possible.

  • sweetmisery

    OMG!!! The universe is tricky, just yesterday me and my friend were saying how cute leo and kate would be together but they couldnt cuz she was with sam…well look now…are the stars on their side? idk but i wish kate and sam and the kiddos the best during this tuff time.

  • anon

    This is what happens when you think you have a multitude of options and overrate love. Old folks who thought otherwise and went through their multitude of marriage ups and downs at least discovered reconciliation, peace and comfort. Why is that so bad? It was the ONLY way for thousands of years.
    These things always leave me with a feeling of great disappointment.

  • Urso

    she will never look to leo as someone to be in a relationship because leo is a baby he is 35yrs old and act like he still 19yrs old, she is a very inteligent women deserve better than him you should get over this ilusion from titanic, its time to grow up dont you think!

  • queen bee

    ah ha!! That’s what Kate gets for being so smug last year at the awards, and for forgetting Ms. Angelina Jolie’s name….what did she say?…oh yeah…”…who’s the other one?…”….I bet your ex-husband has forgot your name by now too honey, LOL! God don’t like ugly….maybe you’ll humble yourself now that you have TWO babies by TWO different men and they BOTH divorced you within a decade!….and you got together with Sam Mendes TWO MONTHS after separating from your husband….and Kate was 8 months preganant when they married? Hollywood beats up on angelina and other, but gives this HUSSY a pass. so freakin hypocritical!!

  • superman

    How are you supposed to take any hollywood couple seriously really 7 yrs and they are now divorcing. i mean for heaven sakes its like we see a rushed celeb wedding or divorce every month then they start dating because they are lonely and blah blah. i feel sorry for them though

  • Lee


    Kate/Leo OTP!

  • Annie

    I won’t lie if I say that I never thought about Kate and Leo together – simply because they’ve always been so praising in each others’ descriptions. And they’ve known each other for more than a decade.

    Though I feel for these two, and thank god its all amicable – for the sake of the kids. It’s nice to see these two handling it maturely, kudos to them.

    And now the shipper side of me: Leo, get your act together and go confess your love to Kate NOW.

  • superman

    @Annie: just more proof hollywood isn’t a good place for relationships. sad that kids are involved though.

  • MajorIndulgence

    Who’s next? Cate Blanchett and her husband?

  • kb

    joint custody of their kids?
    kate and sam one have one child together son joe
    mia is her daughter with her ex
    i really doubt mia’s dad would be thrilled with sam having any visitations with his soon to be ex step daughter

  • @ #84

    Cate & Andrew will never split they’re practically joined at the hip. She & Meryl seem to have the only long & stable marriages in Hollywood. So sad!

  • Celine

    this is now Leo’s chance to dump his golddigger gf and to marry Kate Winselt!

  • superman

    @Celine: lol its just girls that are the gold digger’s in hollywood . lookat loser z listers dating up and comer’s for publicity and sex. well at least until they get bored of screwing that is. or they just get bored of said person anyway

  • michelle

    Kate and Leo were in a FILM together as actors – they weren’t really in love and didn’t have an affair.

    Shame about their marriage and especially those poor children. Of course she became involved with Mendes whilst she was still married to her first husband, so perhaps one of them has found someone else now. I really don’t know why couples marry if they are not prepared to put more effort into their relationship.

  • jared fan

    i REALLY hope they can worh this out and stay together! Breaks my heart for them and especially the kids involved!!

  • jared fan

    I REALLY hope they can work through this and stay together! Breaks my heart for them and especially the kids involved!! Good luck to them!

  • Courtney

    that isn’t neccessarily true there’s a couple of examples I can think of Meryl Streep & Don Gummer have been married 32 years and she’s won 2 academy awards another is Sophia Loren & Carlo Ponti if not for an annullment in 1962 they’d have been married 49 years when he passed away 10th January 2007 she won the best actress oscar right before the annullment due to his mexican divorce from his first wife being illeagal in Italy at the time so they had to wait and obtain french citizenship before they could remarry 9 April 1966

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  • Keep it Real

    @queen bee. This is not a Jennifer Anniston/Angelina Jolie loonie fans shouting match post. Get you facts straight. Kate was shocked she won that GG and momentarily forgot Angelina’s name but quickly added it. There was nothing smug about it. Just because some low class Hollywood actresses spend their time being catty don’t drag everyone else into it. If having babies by both men you are MARRIED to makes you a hussy then all the Hollywood baby mommas (who were just jumpoffs) should be shot.

  • voe

    First saw her in Titanic (which is one of the unendurable movies to me) and did not like her (as an actress that is). IMO she was miscast as she looked much older than 17 (Rose’s age in the movie that is) and than Leo. I don’t like her movies, have found the few interviews of her while killing time in bookstores to be supercilious. Her mouth–the corners of it– just reeks dishonest to me. She, like Tom Cruise, is one of the very few I find disagreeable.
    It is hilarious to me that an actor/actress plays a few “intelligent”, “intellectual”, sage characters and s/he is deemed by the public to possess those qualities. The supermodels may seem the airheads but the fact that they make much more money than the “full-head” wo(men) perhaps may be the way the Devine upstairs employs to tell us that a head full of books does not a smarter person make. Leave Leo (or any man for that matter) alone with his preference of female companions.


    I am so effing excited! Kate and Leo can finally be together! Leonardo and Kate are MEANT to be together. He gave her that engraved ring and she thanked him in her acceptance speech not her husband. And he blew her a kiss. They look at each other with love in their eyes and have amazing chemistry. I do not believe Leo is really in love with the models he dates that’s why the relationships never last. But with Kate – it is meant to happen!!! Unrequited love!!! It is happening people – I do not care what any of you say.

  • momo

    Leo and Kate are probably naked together right now!

  • collegesinglesusa

    I hope she can show off her puppies some more

  • superman

    whats with celebrity relationships they are never normal i don’t care what people say. hollywood isn’t a good enviorment for a relationship at all there are to meny tempations and they sleep around to much they merry and they aren’t in love in the first place. but they do it out of lonliness and desperation.

  • Amber-louise

    Thats too bad they couldn’t work it out. BTW people, the whole Kate and Leo thing? You all realise they are actors right? They weren’t really in love just good at acting like they were.