Ioan Gruffudd’s wife Alice Evans branded her estranged husband a ‘s**t’ in an emotional Instagram post – hours after she claimed she didn’t know he was filing for divorce.
The Fantastic Four star, 47, is said to have filed legal documents at Los Angeles Superior Court, according to court reports obtained by
The actress took to Instagram on Wednesday where she claimed her daughter Elsie, seven, had been left devastated by news the couple were set to divorce and that she was ‘scared’ of what Ioan’s response would be to her decision to comment publicly.
She wrote: ‘I can’t sleep. Not a wink. I am terrified for what tomorrow will bring. Oh don’t worry, I’m fully aware of how pathetic that sounds. I’ll make it worse. Do you what I’m mostly scared of?
Speaking out: Ioan Gruffudd’s wife Alice Evans branded her estranged husband a ‘s**t’ in an emotional Instagram post – hours after she claimed she didn’t know he was filing for divorce (pictured in 2007)
‘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.
‘( I did not find out my father was a s**t until I was about 32 years abs I’m convinced that that made me the woman I am today. After a certain age, they can’t take it away from you! I’m also scared of my ex-husband’s response to the fact that I had commented on his sudden decision to serve me.
‘I know he’ll be angry. ( he is always angry – he was born angry) But, you see, I think this whole idea of queen your private lives private is… well. What leads to child abuse. And domestic violence.
‘And mental abuse. 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. I think dignity is a way of others telling us to shut up, because THEY don’t want to think about our hurt.
‘Hundreds of thousands of women are abused by their own husbands in their own home but they never tell anyone. At least the sane number of young children never mention their sexual abuse because they’re scared of what will happen or because it’s ‘simply not done’.
‘I to this day know of a man who was abused alongside a group of boys in his early teens and he still swears in never happened.
‘Just like tonight, when my 7 yo got home from her dads and kindly, almost jokingly, but with intent showed her the article where it said that her daddy had filed for a divorce form her Mommy in the High Court of Los Angeles and he hadn’t told us so he probably hadn’t told her either so we were just letting her no abs she ran away screaming saying ‘no!!
‘No! My daddy would NEVER do that to my Mommy’ ( at this pinpoint I imagine some mothers who DONT believe in telling their kids the truth about everything will object. That’s fine. My ex-husband believes in lying rather than harsh truths.’
A further post read: ‘Sorry I didn’t get to finish, and the end I wanted to add to this was that yes, it is very sad and out if the blue and I am heartbroken not just because I’d do much future that we planned.
‘But my dad went through this at 57 when my mum died suddenly. My friend Ashley’s husband committed suicide one Friday night am just as she was opening a bottle of wine.
A’nd worse, there are women across the world who will NEVER have a voice, who will be killed for speaking out.
‘So I’m sorry but f**k your discomfort about my lack of dignity. F**k your cheap quips about how ‘she didn’t know! Ha ha ha what a load of b******s’
‘I come here to share an experience that has all but broken me ( but won’t) and to be honest, with the x use, made me want to die).
‘LET WOMEN TALk! !! WE ALL HAVE RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH, not just the men.
‘When my ex-husband Ioan Gruffudd finally tells me what he changed my twitter password to, (I can’t do instagram ITS BEYOND
‘Will invite anybody who wants to come in to talk about this subject. Don’t ever think you’re alone. Don’t ever think your subject is to silly.
‘#wedeserveavoice !!!! Oh god, now I have worry about the morning!!
‘@@cant Edit to hear your stories when the Ex let’s me in. I will FOLLOW YOU ALL!!
‘Love all round, not hate. Alice Evans. Xxxxx.’
Mailonline has contacted representatives for Alice Evans and Ioan Gruffudd for comment.
Taking to Instagram after the news of the divorce filing broke, Alice shared a screenshot of the reports as she cryptically penned: ‘Oh. Ok. Thanks for letting me know. I guess?’ followed by a teary-eyed emoji.
The filing comes after Alice claimed in January the actor had walked out on the family in a shock
The estranged couple married in 2007 and share daughters Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven.
The Blast claims that it is ‘unclear’ whether Ioan and Alice signed a prenuptial agreement or if the actress will ask for child or spousal support.
MailOnline has contacted Ioan and Alice’s representatives for comment.
Since their marital woes have come to light, Ioan has been pictured wearing his wedding ring around Los Angeles.
In February, Alice confirmed that the estranged couple were discussing a ‘legal separation’ as she insisted that they are ‘still friends’.
The actress also claimed she had already raised their two daughters ‘alone’ for ‘half their lives’.
Sharing a snap of the estranged couple posing together in happier times, she addressed questions over why she addressed their split in such a public manner.
Cryptic: Taking to Instagram after the news broke, Alice, 49, shared a screenshot of the reports as she cryptically penned: ‘Oh. Ok. Thanks for letting me know. I guess?’
Court: The Fantastic Four star, 47, is said to have filed legal documents at Los Angeles Superior Court, according to court reports (pictured in February)
‘Unclear’: It is ‘unclear’ whether Ioan and Alice, 49, signed a prenuptial agreement or if the actress will ask for child or spousal support (pictured in happier times)
Alice wrote: ‘It must be weird to comprehend why somebody would share their pain on social media rather than with their nearest and dearest.
‘I get that. You must think I’m an a**hole. I’m not though. I don’t have a mum, or a dad.
‘I don’t have any close friends in LA. I’ve looked after my kids for half their lives alone. My husband knows that.
‘We are indeed discussing legal separation, but we are still friends. You can say what you want about me being an attention seeker but you know it’s not true. You just want a reason to put me down. Please – go ahead. I’m impenetrable.’
Ioan broke his silence on his ‘extremely difficult’ split from Alice last month.
Still wearing his wedding ring, the Welsh actor stopped to briefly speak with photographers as he went grocery shopping solo at Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles.
Addressing the split, he said: ‘Look, as I said before, it’s an extremely difficult time for the family, our thoughts are with our children obviously right now and I’d really respect a little bit of privacy right now, thank you.’
Family: The estranged couple married in 2007 and share daughters Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven, together (pictured in June 2018)
Still friends: In February, Alice insisted she and the actor ‘are still friends’ and confirmed that they were pressing ahead with discussions over a ‘legal separation’
Split: In January, Alice claimed the actor had walked out on the family in a shock Twitter statement, in which she accused the Liar star of ‘mentally torturing’ and ‘gaslighting’ her
Alice’s post had come just days after she shared a heartbreaking update on her marital woes and admitted she ‘still loves’ the actor.
The star took to Instagram to share a duo of images depicting broken hearts, including one reading ‘game over’, alongside a caption in which she stated she was fighting against his plans and detailing her ‘excruciating pain’.
In her post, she wrote: ‘Nothing to say excerpt THANK YOU for all the loving and encouraging messages. I never thought this would happen to us…
‘I am still fighting against it, because I love our kids, and I still love him, but something has happened inside his head and whatever it is, I don’t see him coming back to us. The pain is excruciating but I am stronger than an ox…
‘Though I weep all day when my kids aren’t looking, at night I add up figures and plan futures for us and you know what? I will do those two angels right if it’s all I ever do.! And Emma, of course, if she PROMISES to stop jumping everybody! Your Alice’.
News of the split came following Ioan’s return from Australia, where he has been shooting season three of Harrow alongside Ella Newton, 30, and Anna Lise Phillips, 46, who plays his ex-wife.
‘Our young daughters and I are very confused and sad’: Alice first took to Twitter in January to share the ‘sad news’, stating the Welsh star said he ‘no longer loves her’
Another: The statement was later deleted before Alice sent another tweet reading: ‘Hi there. I didn’t delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account’
Comments: Alice defended her messages in a duo of exchanges with followers
Ioan, who plays a a forensic pathologist in the drama, told an Australian publication how he developed a close bond with his co-star Ella while filming the series in the country.
Speaking of his ‘bond’ with Ella, Ioan told an Australian newspaper: ‘I’m so lucky. We bonded almost immediately, so there’s a lot of respect there.’
Ella, who has a boyfriend, plays Ioan’s daughter in the Australian drama. There is no suggestion Ioan has been unfaithful to his wife.
MailOnline contacted representatives for comment at the time.
Ioan has spent three long spells in Australia filming the TV drama Harrow.
He was in Brisbane over the summer of 2020, making the third series with his co-stars. When he returned, all seemed well — on the surface.
Alice posted a picture of the two of them cuddling up reunited in August with the fond caption: ‘He’s back and he’s grumpier than ever (shhh!).’
Pained: After her Twitter statement, Alice shared a heartbreaking update on her marital woes and admitted she ‘still loves’ the actor
Earlier this year, Ioan’s mother insisted ‘no one else’ was involved in the breakdown of his 13-year marriage to Alice.
It came after Ioan and Alice released a joint statement, insisting they were ‘committed to their children’.
The united front followed an extraordinary 24 hours, which saw a series of tweets posted by the actress – and subsequently deleted – claiming her husband was leaving the family and she was being ‘gaslit and mentally tortured’.
Alice also accused Ioan of hacking her Twitter account to delete the original tweets stating he was leaving her and their children because he ‘no longer loves’ her.
A statement released to MailOnline from the couple read: ‘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.’
Parents: Earlier this year, Ioan’s mother insisted ‘no one else’ was involved in the breakdown of his 13-year marriage to wife Alice (pictured in 2011)
Alice took to
The original statement was later deleted, with Alice alleging that it was her estranged husband who had taken to her account and removed the message.
She posted another Twitter message, reading: ‘Hi there. I didn’t delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account…
‘And hell yes when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes I will wash my linen in public’, however this tweet was also deleted later on.
After the now-deleted message, she was then criticised by a follower, who penned: ‘Seems like a weird thing to be posting on Twitter’.
Alice responded, writing: ‘Why? I have lost my mind’.
One follower then penned: ‘I did the same when this happened to me. I think it’s how one acknowledges there’s no returning to what existed before. Accepting it by stating it publicly helps you to recognise the impossibility [of] reconciliation.’
Co-star: Ioan told an Australian newspaper how he developed a close bond with his co-star Ella Newton, 30, (pictured) while out filming Harrow, their new television series in Australia
Marriage has been ‘in trouble for some time’, says Ioan’s father
Ioan Gruffudd’s father has claimed his 13-year marriage to Alice Evans had been in trouble for some time.
Peter Griffiths, 72, said news of the couple’s separation did not come as a ‘complete surprise’ and that he had been ‘aware’ of problems between the pair.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline from his home in Pentyrch near Cardiff, South Wales, the retired headteacher said: ‘As a family you are aware of these things going on.
‘I have spoken to Ioan and we are of course incredibly sad but I do not want to go into too much detail.
‘We are very sad, particularly for our two granddaughters. It is just very sad, but these things do happen and marriages do end.’
She then responded: ‘This is exactly why. And than you. Six months of harrassment: yes/no/maybe. I cannot live like this anymore’.
In the original shock statement, Alice penned: ‘Sad news. My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week.
‘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’m so sorry.’
Ioan’s father claimed his 13-year marriage to Alice had been in trouble for some time prior to their split.
Peter Griffiths, 72, said news of the couple’s separation did not come as a ‘complete surprise’ and that he had been ‘aware’ of problems between the pair.
Speaking to MailOnline from his home in Pentyrch near Cardiff, South Wales, the retired headteacher said: ‘As a family you are aware of these things going on.
‘I have spoken to Ioan and we are of course incredibly sad but I do not want to go into too much detail. We are very sad, particularly for our two granddaughters. It is just very sad, but these things do happen and marriages do end.’
In a telling sign, Ioan spoke of their relationship struggling in February 2020.
The couple’s daughters were conceived through IVF after discovering Alice had a low antral follicle count at the age of 38.
They welcomed their first child after one round of IVF, while their youngest girl arrived after eight rounds of treatment – which costs upwards of £7,000.
Alice wrote in the
‘A mere 40 hours later Ella arrived, a 6lb 2oz lobster-red baby-alien. Instantly none of my other plans mattered. This was the thing I should have done years ago. The only thing. It was as close to being in heaven as I’d ever get.
‘This time our first cycle failed. As did our second. Our third didn’t even produce any eggs to fertilise. Our fourth gave us a few to freeze. It wasn’t working.
‘Finally, physically, mentally (not to mention financially) depleted, we decided sadly that cycle eight would be our last. Elsie Marigold Evans-Griffith was born on September 13, 2013.
‘She has her dad’s big brown eyes but not his unfeasibly long tongue, thank goodness. I know how lucky I am. I won the lottery. I get to kiss goodnight to the two most precious human beings I’ve ever met. My goal now is to get the word out. Don’t wait until it’s too late.’
The couple met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000, when Alice was in a relationship with Pablo Picasso’s grandson Olivier.
The pair became engaged six years later after she gave him an ultimatum about their relationship, and tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Mexico in September 2007. Ioan previously gushed about their strong bond and ‘fantastic relationship’.
He stated in an interview with
Early beginnings: The couple met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000 (pictured), when Alice was in a relationship with Pablo Picasso’s grandson Olivier
In 2017, Alice spoke about a ‘sinister’ encounter she had with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, just hours after Ioan screen-tested for one of his movies in Cannes in 2002.
Alice claimed the producer propositioned her and invited her to join him in a hotel bathroom.
Ioan shared his support for her as he said in an interview with
He added to
‘She wanted to say, ‘No, this is definitely his modus operandi. This is how he behaves. I’ve witnessed it.’ So she wanted to present the case, help bolster the case.’
Alice was born in New Jersey to British parents, teacher Janet and university lecturer and mathematician David.
She was raised in Bristol with her brothers Anthony and Philip, and temporarily worked in Paris after studying Italian and French at the University College London.
Alice frequently updates fans with images of her family and credits Piers Morgan’s journalist wife Celia Walden, actress Joanne Froggatt and socialite Lady Victoria Hervey as her close friends.
Ioan’s parents were also educators, and the Amazing Grace star grew up in a Protestant non-conformist household with his younger siblings Alun, 45, and Siwan, 40, in Cardiff.
He first featured in Welsh TV film Austin at the age of 13, before he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and appeared in TV shows and films such as Poldark, Titanic and Hornblower.
During the early stages of his career, the star lived with fellow actor Matthew Rhys – who served as best man at his wedding – for nearly 10 years.
Ioan is best known for his roles in Fantastic 4, W. and Horrible Bosses, while Alice has starred in The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Dangerous Parking.
Actors: Ioan is best known for his roles in Fantastic 4, W. and Horrible Bosses, while Alice has starred in The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Dangerous Parking (pictured in 2000)
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