Vincent Cassel and Monica Bellucci were the power couple of the European film industry. But after 18 years together they ended their marriage in mutual agreement, divorcing quietly.
They met in 1996 on the set of French film L’Appartement and dated for three years before marrying in Monaco in 1999. Vincent Cassel is one of the most successful French actors, who always had a bit of a bad boy charisma and Monica Bellucci is one of the most beautiful women alive. They were perfectly suited to one another and some thought they’d stay together forever.
Their two daughters arrived relatively late in their relationship. The girls are now eight and four years old. Given their busy careers this can hardly be surprising, though. Perhaps the couple was not ready to have children any earlier than they did.
Whilst Vincent and Monica have both worked in Hollywood movies, they usually worked European productions, which often kept them away from each other. Before they officially split, they had been leading independent and relatively separate lives for quite some time. Monica had an apartment in Rome and Vincent had one in Paris.
But they were a family and seemed to have made the effort to be together as much as possible. In an international relationship this is never easy, though.
Monica once said that fidelity was far less important than your partner being there for you. To many it sounded as if she didn’t expect her husband to be faithful just as long as he came back to her. Needless to say that there have never been accusations of cheating against Vincent, or Monica for that matter.
In the end, however, their relationship was no longer sustainable. The likeliest reason for the split was the fact that they spent hardly any time together anymore. Monica tellingly said that love doesn’t go away, it changes. Perhaps that was the case here.
She also still cherishes her 18-year relationship with her ex-husband, which influenced and changed her a lot. Just because the marriage was over didn’t mean that her relationship with her ex-husband was over. They continue to co-parent their daughters and a connection that lasted that long isn’t easily severed.
Rumors emerged recently that Vincent may have spent a little too much time with Lea Seydoux whilst they were making a movie together. Around the same time Monica and Vincent called it quits and it has been suggested that Vincent stepping out with Lea had something to do with it.
Nobody has really denied or confirmed this and it remains nothing more than a rumor. Tellingly Monica and Lea co-star in the upcoming Bond movie Spectre together. It is not actually known if Vincent is dating anyone at the moment. He is French and as much of a movie star as one can be in France. It is unlikely that he lives a chaste life.
Monica has been linked to Russian property-magnateTelmanIsmailov shortly after her divorce in 2013, which went down quietly and didn’t make the news. There have been rumors that the two have split in the meantime, which surprised few as they made a rather unlikely couple. But nothing has been confirmed either way.
For what it’s worth, the divorce seems to have been as amicable as one can hope for, especially with two young daughters involved. Monica and Vincent are both busy with their careers and will find new partners in due time without a doubt.