Alice Evans Reveals She's 'Heartbroken' And 'Scared' After Ioan Gruffudd Files For Divorce, Unpacks Drama On Social Media
Alice Evans isn’t holding back about her hurt feelings after learning her estranged husband Ioan Gruffudd filed for divorce after 13 years of marriage.
The Fantastic Four actor, 47, filed the divorce petition on March 1 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles, according to Us Weekly. The case is listed as “dissolution with minor children.”
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Suggesting she was blindsided by the news, the 49-year-old actress took to the 'gram, reposting an article about the divorce with the salty caption “Oh. OK. Thanks for letting me know. I guess?”
Then on Wednesday, March 3, Evans unloaded on social media by sharing two lengthy statements about the messy breakup.
“I can’t sleep. Not a wink. I am terrified for what tomorrow will bring,” she wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post, alongside a photo of herself. “Oh, don’t worry, I’m fully aware of how pathetic that sounds.”
Th mom-of-two revealed her main concern was for the couple’s daughters, Ella, 11, and Elsie, 7, and how the split may affect them when they are older.
“Do you what I’m mostly scared of? It’s who the girl is. I know! Why? Why would it even matter? I’m scared that my little girls will be disappointed by their Dads behavior and model that in their future relations with the opposite sex,” she explained.
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The Christmas Card actress also said she was “scared” of how Gruffudd would respond to the fact that she was speaking out after the divorce filing.
“I know he’ll be angry. (he is always angry – he was born angry),” she stated.
She also revealed that she decided to be upfront with her kids about the divorce, and as result, their youngest daughter “ran away screaming, saying, ‘No! No! My daddy would never do that to my Mommy.’”
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Addressing those who questioned why the she was posting her private drama to social media, the British beauty defended her decision.
"I couldn't believe how many people told me to accept it 'with dignity'. What is dignity? I think 'dignity' is a way of covering up our own hurt," Evans said. "I think dignity is a way of others telling us to shut up, because THEY don't want to think about our hurt."
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She further explained she believed staying silent would do more harm.
“I think this whole idea of [keeping] your private lives private is, well, what leads to child abuse. And domestic violence. And mental abuse,” she wrote. “I think ‘dignity’ is a way of covering up our own hurt. I think dignity is a way of others telling us to shut up, because THEY don’t want to think about our hurt.”
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In a second since-deleted post, The Vampire Diaries alum continued to vent her feelings.
“It is very sad and out if the blue [and] I am heartbroken not just because I’d do [the] future that we planned,” she continued.
She also took one more shot at her critics.
"I'm sorry but f--- your discomfort about my lack of dignity. F--- your cheap quips about how 'she didn't know! Ha ha ha what a load of bollocks.' I come here to share an experience that has all but broken me (but won't) ...." she wrote. "LET WOMEN TALk! !!WE ALL HAVE RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH, not just he men."
As OK! previously reported, Evans originally tweeted (then deleted) the news that her husband had called it quits on their marriage.
"Sad news. My believed husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week," the Blackball star revealed last month. "Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad. We haven’t been given a reason except that he 'no longer loves me.'"
"I didn’t delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account," she tweeted hours later. "And hell yes when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes I will wash my linen in public."
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Later on, the former flames released a joint statement about where they stand: "As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for our family and we remain committed to our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy."
Evans and Gruffudd met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000 and tied the knot in 2007.
Last year, Gruffudd hinted there was trouble in his marriage revealing that the couples’ busy schedules had kept them apart for the last several years.
"I think we’ve struggled the past four years, making time for each other because physically we’re apart," he told The Guardian in February 2020.