Helena Bonham Carter has opened up about moving on after her split with Tim Burton.
‘The Crown’ actress and the US film director announced the end of their separataion in 2014 after 13 years together, but Bonham Carter has rarely discussed the break-up.
Now the ‘Harry Potter’ star, 53, who has two children with her former partner, 61, has told Harper’s Bazaar that though she found the split painful, she is now enjoying a new relationship, with Rye Dag Holmboe, 32, which has helped her to turn a corner.
“You break-up, you grieve, you get bored of grieving, and then you finally move on,” she told the publication. “I’m very happy with someone else. It’s been a bit of unexpected magic in my life.”
Though the actress is famously private about her private life, she did open up about the split on one other occasion.
In 2015, she told Red magazine that she “could write a thesis” her relationship and then break-up with Burton.
“I could write a thesis on what’s happened,” she told the magazine. “[It] is all-absorbing when a relationship breaks down, but I think we’re coming through it, and I think we’ll have something very precious still. Our relationship was always somewhat special, and I think it’ll always remain special.”
The actress further explained in the interview: “We did find each other. And really, the mark of a successful relationship shouldn’t be whether you’re there forever after.
“Sometimes you’re not meant to be forever together. Sometimes you have to come to terms with the fact that that was it. But that was a gift, a massive gift. We gave each other children and a lot more else.”
In her most recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, ‘The King’s Speech’ star also discussed the ageing process, admitting she had feared getting older, but had been pleasantly surprised when she hit her big birthday milestone.
“When I turned 50, I worried it was downhill all the way,” she said. “But it’s quite the opposite. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier or more fulfilled.
“This huge blooming of television means character-driven stories, so there’s a lot of choice and a lot of work. When I was young, you were considered ‘older’ over 30.”
Bonham Carter added: “My interests are more diverse than pretending to be other people. We’re really lucky as women to be living now, because we’re allowed to do anything.”
How long do most people take to get over a break-up?
While every break up is different and there is no time limit to getting over an ex, earlier this year a study found that we spend an average of 18 months of our lives getting over a break-up.
This 18-month period is based on three major break-ups and the six months, on average, it takes to recover from them.
The survey, carried out by OnePoll, goes on to explain that the reason we find ourselves struggling for such large chunks of time is that a relationship ending throws our life out of sync.
Suddenly single, we have to get used to doing things on our own. We also might have to change living arrangements, friendship groups, and begin to forge an identity as a single person and not based on being in a couple.
Scientists also recently revealed there are three effective ways of dealing with a split.
Researchers from the University of Missouri-St. Louis said negative reappraisal of the former relationship, reappraisal of love feelings and good old-fashioned distraction can all help you to cope with a break-up.
Read Helena Bonham Carter’s full interview in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on sale from 30 October.