Emma Thompson speaks about being ‘utterly blind’ after knowing her then husband, Kenneth Branagh’s affair!

“I was half-alive after the divorce. Any sense of being a lovable or worthy person had gone completely” says Emma Thompson in an interview

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Emma Thompson couldn't believe Kenneth has an affair with Helena source: Page Six

Emma Thompson opens up about her ex-husband, Kenneth Branagh cheating rumors with Helena Bonham Carter. She also revealed being “half-alive” after deciding to divorce Branagh.

Emma Thompson was shocked after hearing her then-husband, Kenneth Branagh cheated on her. She didn’t believe it for a while but the truth doesn’t hide from anyone. Similarly, the sources say that the actor and director, Kenneth cheated Emma with Helena Bonham Carter. She is a co-worker and they worked together on 1994’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Likewise, Emma said about her struggles after splitting from Branagh. She stated,

“I was utterly, utterly blind to the fact that he had relationships with other women on set. What I learned was how easy it is to be blinded by your own desire to deceive yourself.”

As we know, Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh tied the knot in the year 1989 as they first met on the set of “Fortunes of War”. Not only this, but the duo has also earned the title of Golden Couple by the  British press. Though, the happy relationship ended after spending eight years together. Emma on the other hand revealed that she began feeling for Branagh more when he sang for her on the set. She said,

“I burst into tears because he sounded exactly like my father singing on The Magic Roundabout”


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In an interview in the year 2018, Thompson stated that her heart was badly broken by Ken and she hasn’t expected this from him. In addition to that, they split in the year 1995. After the divorce, the 63 years actress was half alive and couldn’t believe Kenneth is not with her on her side. Though, Emma stated,

“I was half-alive after the divorce with Branagh. Any sense of being a lovable or worthy person had gone completely”

Following this, Emma married the second time with actor, Greg Wise in the year 2003. They met at the set of Sense and Sensibility. Furthermore, Thompson says that Greg “picked up the pieces and put them back together.” The duo has two children together named, Gaia and an adopted son, Tindyebwa Agaba Wise. Meanwhile, both of them are still together and will be celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary soon.


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Also, she continued,

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

Then in 1995, Helena Carter and Kenneth Branagh also began dating each other. The pair dated for three years and in the year 1999, Carter announced their separation to the public. She stated,

“I am very sad to confirm that Kenneth Branagh and I are no longer together. The decision was mutual and no one else was involved. Beyond that, I have no further comment to make and I hope that the press will respect our privacy.” 


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Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter do not have any issues and they are on good terms. When Thompson was asked about their relationship, she said that she doesn’t have any bad feelings towards Kenneth and Bonham anymore. In the year 2018, Emma also said,

“I have no hard feelings towards them. That is… all blood under the bridge. You can’t hold on to anything like that”

And, she again continued,

“It’s pointless. I haven’t got the energy for it… Helena and I made our peace years and years ago… she’s a wonderful woman.”

In the year 2003, when “Love Actually” was released, the scenes were quite emotional. People knew her struggles which were portrayed in the movie. After some years, Emma herself confirmed to everyone that she was expressing her real experiences and feelings via “Love Actually”.

Moreover, Thompson said in the year 2018 with the Telegraph,

“That scene where my character is standing by the bed crying is so well known because it’s something everyone’s been through. 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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Talking more about her emotional experiences, she told that she used to cry in a bedroom full night and the next morning she used to act as if nothing happened. Not only this, but Thompson also added,

“I used to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer.”

However, Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh are now living their own life happily. They both have already moved on from the past.

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