Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes splitting

Actress Kate Winslet and American Beauty director Sam Mendes are ending their marriage after almost seven years together, their lawyers tell EW.

“Kate and Sam are saddened to announce that they separated earlier this year,” their lawyers’ statement reads. “The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement. Both parties are fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children.”

The Oscar-winning couple, who wed in 2003, have a six-year-old son, Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes. Winslet also has a nine-year-old daughter, Mia Honey, with director and ex-husband Jim Threapleton. Mendes directed Winslet’s Golden Globe-winning performance in 2008’s Revolutionary Road.


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  • UGH

    Too bad Kate lives in England!

    • Sophie

      They live primarily in NYC.

      • Overrated Actress

        Regardless, whenever I see her in an interview she comes off as someone is entirely full of themself. She also thinks way too highly of herself. Make no mistake, she has given some decent performances, but its not like she is the greatest actress to ever live. Furthermore, I highly doubt she will be an actress anyone truly remembers outside of being the Titanic girl. The Reader was overrated drivel, the same old Oscar bait background.

      • CltAndrew

        I have to disagree. Winslet is definitely one of the best actresses of her generation. As for being known only as the Titanic girl? Maybe to those who find Transformers high art and complain that Twilight wasn’t nominated for best picture.

      • LOL

        Overrated sounds like a buffoon.

      • DMC

        Are you kidding, “Overrated Actress”? Besides being the only good thing about “Titanic,” she’s been outstanding in “Little Children,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Hamlet,” “Sense and Sensibility” and, yes, even “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader.” If you’re talking summer blockbuster revenue, she’s no Cameron Diaz’s voice in “Shrek,” but Kate Winslet is right up there with Meryl, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore and (I hate to say it, but…) Nicole Kidman.

      • Chenzo

        DMC, you are right on the button! In fact, I’d put Kate right at the top of your list! Nicole Kidman however, . . . let’s get her off this roster. “Moulin Rouge” AND “Australia”!! Please work with me on this.

        ‘Overrated Actress’ go fly a kite!

      • Elysia

        Overated Actress, I see your point. I actually really like Kate Winslet, but I do cringe when she talks about herself. And, after her acceptance speeches during the last awards season, I’m not at all surprised to hear about the split. You def should not give love more enthusiastically to your costar (Leo) than your husband!!

    • CountdownClock

      I’m saddened to hear that a marriage is breaking up, but it also made me think of her boobies in Titantic, which were quite nice.

      • Emma

        That was 13 years ago. Time is not your friend when it comes to these things.

      • Racks

        You’ll get to see Kate’s “boobies” in 3-D when the 3-D version of Titanic hits theaters in 2012!

      • Joe

        He probably saw her in ‘The Reader’ and decided to get out while he could….

  • Bubbatwo420

    Noooo! They were the best husband/wife duo in biz BY FAR so this is truly sad news. I wanna move closer to her now though ;)

    • lefty

      I know…I was saddened that this power couple is no more :(

    • Celia

      I agree. I’m really shocked by this.
      According to LaineyGossip, there’s a Best Actress curse. A lot of the actresses who have won the award end up divorced. So I guess that means Sandra and Jesse are next.

      • Mike

        I would say it’s more of a Hollywood curse; you can count the “successful” marriages of big-time actors and actresses on one hand, especially when actors are married to each other! It might be more prevalent with the younger ones simply because they’re younger and divorce isn’t the big deal now that it used to be.

      • Elysia

        Nah, there was true love between Sandra and Jesse during this awards season. They’re in it for the long haul. ;-)

      • Monty

        how hilarious this comment is just 1 year later…

    • Kellie

      I agree…I love her work and find this break up very sad! Two marriages now for her! Must be the guy’s fault ;)

  • Sarah

    Well, maybe she and Leonardo DiCaprio can FINALLY get together this time. :-)

    • Lorie

      I was thinking the same thing.

      • Joe Bua

        Yeah, that’s NEVER gonna happen. Trust me.

      • sara


      • Celia

        He only dates supermodels. Just look at his track record. I think Leo is going to be George Clooney in 10 years.

    • Lindsey

      That was my first thought too!

      • Mert

        I love to hear about these women’s successes. I esiitvd one of your sites in Kenya many years ago. They were trying to get a well drilled. did that happen?

    • Mare E

      Leo the homewrecker?

      • Lindsey

        their bffs already

    • sara

      haha i know but her and sam go good together i cant belive it

    • Rush

      Won’t happen. Leo is gay.

      • stella

        lol i always thought he was kind of in denial about the whole thing….that guy is shoved far into the closet.

  • Kevin

    Didn’t EW or someone do a story once about Best Actress winners immediately getting separated/divorced after winning?

    • TheObserver

      They did! there is a curse!

      • Mia

        NO! So that means Sandy is bound to get divorced from Jesse James? I think the curse also said, the actresses who won Best Actress were under the age of 40 got divorced (Halle, Reese, Hilary)

    • lalala

      I was thinking the same thing! Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank, now Kate… so sad.

      • Fatima

        I’m going to blame Halle’s divorce on her husband’s rampant cheating and sexual addiction and not on the curse.

      • Diggity

        And you can blame Hilary’s on cocaine and gambling addiction (not her’s obs)

      • Mori

        Don’t forget that Julia Roberts broke up with long-time boyfriend, Benjamin Bratt, shortly after she won. At least Charlize is still with her guy.

      • Celia

        I thought Charlize and Stuart just broke up like two weeks ago?

      • Terry

        Yeah, but halle’s had a couple of husbands cheat on her. Can’t figure that one out, well, I could say something but it would be a little mean.

      • Lulu

        Charlize and Stewart are just dating. They said they will never get married until the gay community does. Yeah sure…

    • Diggity

      Or they are Hollywood marriages- some of wich are just total BS and 99% of which end in divorce at some point anyway.

      • Purkon

        Holy GORGEOUS Carissa!!! You look absolutely STUNNING!!! Loved all the tucpires, you look so beautiful in all of them! Loved your hair and those RED shoes!!! Beautiful, beautiful tucpires Amber!

    • mishka

      The OSCAR CURSE strikes again !!!

      Watch out, Jesse James…

  • Hayley

    The Oscar curse strikes again

  • Jase

    Yea for some reason when one of the couple wins an Oscar divorce is imminent. Reese Witherspoon is the only one i can think of for some reason haha…but its happened several times i think.

    • TheObserver

      Sean Penn and his wife split and Halle Berry and Eric Benet..hmmm…there really is something to this!

      • Bailey

        Hillary Swank and Chad Lowe can be added to that list too

    • Vada

      Halle Berry

    • Kevin

      I think Hally Berry got a divorce…I don’t know I just remember that story! Usually I would say it was jealousy on the husband’s part but Sam Mendes has had an Oscar for ten years…

    • Bobby

      Kim Basinger, Hillary Swank to name a few.

    • AA

      Hilary Swank?

  • Clayton


  • DT

    I guess it wasn’t a happy marriage. Though they looked happy in public, just look at the films they’ve done together and separately that take on matrimony. American Beauty, Little Children, and Revolutionary Road all had dire looks at marriage, and both stars repeatedly came back to that theme in their work. I guess we know why now. (I’m aware AB came out in 1999, but still.)

  • Andrew

    So much for her saying that working with ehr husband on “Revolutionary Road” made her love him more. LOL

    • Diego

      It is a life style change for most to be at their ideal giweht. I have to work at maintaining my giweht by getting exercise and not pigging out on junk food. The weekend is by far the hardest with gatherings with friends and family, I tend to eat a less wholesome meal and intake more alcohol than I would typically on a work night. I try to make up for that during the week eating balanced meals at home, getting lots of rest and exercising.

  • ellie

    Halle, Reese, Kate, and Hilary were all married, but…

    Don’t forget the women with long-term boyfriends when they won–like Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts. Julia broke up with Ben Bratt a few months after she won, and Charlize broke up with Stu Townsend just recently. Susan Sarandon won, and broke up with Tim Robbins recently, Helen Hunt broke up with Hank Azaria after she won.

    The only single women to win in the last 15 years were Marion Cotillard and Nicole Kidman.

    Fingers crossed for Frances McDormand, Helen Mirren and Sandy Bullock. Hopefully they stay married!

    Not a cool streak by any means.

    • Belle

      I do not count Susan & Tim. She won Best Actress in 1995 and did not split up with Tim until 2009. That is over 14 years. I would count winning Best Actress and then separating from partner/spouse within 3 years. Charlize & Stu 7 years after winning.

      • emma

        but! don’t forget Tim won supporting actor for Mystic River a few years ago, so I say it counts.

    • Celia

      Marion Cotillard is not single. She’s been dating Guillaume Canet since 2007.

  • ellie

    And the reason why Meryl is still married? Cuz she hasn’t won! (Mostly kidding.)

    • pj

      meryls won twice

    • ellie

      I meant since like the early 80’s.

    • Mary

      So what? A win’s a win.

  • Belle

    Too bad. I always thought they were great together. So non Hollywood. Living in NYC & England. Maybe a miracle will happen and after a 6mos separation they will reunite. It can happen. Heck, I’m still waiting for Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling to get back together.

    • elena

      Ditto McAdams and Gosling. They need to put a ring on it.

  • jfms777

    Meryl. 14 Oscar losses. And a thriving 40-year marriage. The biggest loser? No. (Maybe) the biggest winner.

    • Um…

      Forty years? Streep wasn’t married in 1970.

    • Chiaki

      I am on my 1st day of my diet I am going crazy I am starving I am ldhoing my own though I really want this tired of looking like someone I dont want to look like. I am tired of being tired and I am of being depressed I am no longer willing to live like this..

  • jfms777

    Correction: Meryl married 30 years.

  • rebecca

    that is sad! i never thought they were ever separate! they seemed like a family that would always be together. guess it never works out that way, all the time! and i don’t think bullock is going to get a divorce, she just got married, but you never know!

    • Allie

      i agree rebecca! it is sad. didn’t think they would separate. hopefully matthew broderick and sarah jessica parker will stay together!

      • Terry

        Well, don’t think Sarah will be dusting off her mantle for an oscar anytime soon.

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