James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff became a couple in 2004 and married in 2006. Almost 10 years later the two announce their divorce. They’ve kept things very friendly for the sake of their son and continued respect for each other. But nobody really knows why they divorced.
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Meeting on the set of Shameless
When James McAvoy starred on the British TV show Shameless, his career was only just taking off. He’s had plenty of movie and TV credits to his name already, but he was not the internationally renowned star he is today.
Anne-Marie Duff was also not quite as well-known yet and even back then her focus was more on theatre work than anything else. But she was starting to become a star in her own right and has since filled international roles as well.
James and Anne-Marie both starred on Shameless in 2004-05, where they played each other’s love interest. Their on-screen relationship continued behind the scenes as well and the two dated each other for two years before quietly getting married in 2006.
Married for almost 10 years
That was in November 2006 and four years later their son Brendan was born. James and Anne-Marie kept their personal lives private. They did accompany each other to red carpet events, especially since James’ career took off for real. But they weren’t always together in public and had promised each other not to talk about their marriage at all.
They always looked happy and well-suited to each other, however, despite the fact that Anne-Marie is 9 years old than James. From what we have heard from the couple when they did mention each other on occasion, they loved each other and had each other’s backs. But they preferred to live normal lives away from Hollywood and its pitfalls, each pursuing their own career.
It came therefore as a shock when the couple announced their decision to divorce in May 2016.
A divorce without reason?
Of course, no divorce is without reason. But even after separating, Anne-Marie and James decided not to talk about each other or their relationship.
When their decision to divorce was announced, they asked for privacy: “It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce. We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love and respect for one another and the shared focus of caring for our son. We ask that you respect our and, most importantly, our child s privacy during this time.”
Both, James and Anne-Marie, have talked about how difficult the divorce has been. It’s never an easy step to take, but they’ve managed to pull through. They both stayed true to their vow to not talk about each other. But they also both understand that people want to know.
So, what have they said in regards to their divorce? James said his life massively changed but that he would still not speak about her. Of course, the divorce was not easy, but things were good. And it was clear that there was still a tremendous amount of respect between him and his ex-wife.
Anne-Marie confirmed as much, adding that there’s a lot of goodwill between her and James and that he still makes her laugh and probably always will.
Moving on separately
As far as we know, Anne-Marie is not dating anyone new. She’s been concentrating on her son and on her theatre career, which suits her more than working on TV or movie sets. Dating doesn’t seem to be a priority at this stage, though it’s likely that she would keep things private anyways.
James, however, has been linked to Lisa Liberati since 2016. The two apparently met whilst he was making Split, an M. Knight Shyamalan movie. Lisa has long been the movie director’s production assistant and apparently, James and Lisa met during filming in 2015.
They had become closer since his split from his wife, though one wonders if his budding feelings or interest in Lisa may not have played a role in his divorce.
Be that as it may, in 2016 it became obvious that the two were more than just friends and they’ve been officially a couple for at least a year and a half now, still going strong now.
In true form, James has kept quiet on his personal life, but he and Lisa have been seen out together a number of times and there’s no denying that they make a good-looking couple. James once said that he doesn’t know if there’s just ‘one’ person for someone and that he thinks it is possible to fall in love with multiple people throughout your life and keep loving them. We don’t know whether he will get married again or not, but we’ll be sure to let you know.