According to reports, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter split up last year. However, they only released the statement shortly before Christmas that they were officially ending their 13-year relationship.
Despite the split, it is clear that the two are still friends. They live next door to each other and are co-parenting their children. They were also seen together at Christmas, shortly after announcing their decision to end their relationship.
Sources told The New York Post that the two have really been living separately for over a year, and have both had other lovers. The pair have refused to comment on this “source,” and continue to move forward with their lives. However, Burton was spotted embracing and kissing a blonde in September 2013. Some report that this was his personal assistant, who travels with him everywhere. Representatives quickly denied him being unfaithful, and it may have been a marital agreement between the two if the “source” is trustworthy.
A spokesman confirmed that the Edward Scissorhands director and his actress wife have officially split on Tuesday. It was an amicable split and they will continue to co-parent their two children, Billy Ray and Nell who are 11 and seven respectively.
Hearing that Burton and Bonham Carter may have split last year will be devastating for many. Some fans will question whether they will continue working together. The two met while working on Planet of the Apes in 2001, and have worked on a number of different, popular projects together. Johnny Depp is another actor who regular works with them, in movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Sweeny Todd.
The source told The New York Post that the two have been living separate lives for over a year. This contradicts the separation announcement that said the decision was made earlier this year. The question is whether it should really matter. The two are clearly happy with their decision, and are doing the best for their children. They are still friends, and live next door to each other. They have made their split work.
This is very similar to the way that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are splitting up. The Hollywood actress and Coldplay frontman have opted for a mutual separation, and will continue co-parenting their children. Their two children—Apple and Moses—come first, and the two even still live in the same house.
Bonham Carter and Burton were spotted together on Christmas Day. They were outside with their children and some shopping bags. It was clear that they had spent the holiday time together, and there was no sign of stress or one of them not wanting to be there.
It will be an easier separation for Burton and the British actress as the two never officially married. However, it has always been clear there is a mutual respect and admiration for each other. They will continue to live in their adjoining houses, which have a common room between them making it easier for them to get back and forth—and making it much easier for their children.
A representative that released the statement asks for privacy for the family. However, sources have already come forward to say that Burton and Bonham Carter split last year, and not earlier this year like the statement says.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham
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