Veteran director Tim Burton has split from his longtime partner, Helena Bonham Carter, after 13 years together. The couple’s relationship reportedly fell through earlier this year, although the two have only recently decided to alert the public about it.
The news was broken earlier today by the actress’s representative, who informed The Hollywood Reporter that they were no longer together and had not been for quite some time. The choice to go their separate ways is said to have been a mutual one, and not filled with any kind of animosity or resentment towards each other whatsoever. In fact, their split is said to be more amicable than most after such a long period of time together, and that the former couple’s main priority at this time is the health and well-being of their two children. They have a boy and a girl; 11-year-old Billy Raymond and seven-year-old Nell. The representative in question went on to ask that the public continue to respect the privacy and space of Burton and Carter in their time of adjustment and learning to co-parent their children.
The pair first met back in 2001, during the filming of Burton’s hit film Planet of the Apes, which was an enormously big box office hit despite receiving its fair share of mixed reviews. Carter was the main female lead cast in the film, and her and Burton proceeded to be extremely close during filming and subsequently form a serious relationship following it’s completion. They continued to pair up for multiple projects following the initiation of their union, with Carter appearing as one of the lead roles in an array of Burton directed films. These included both live action and animated films; one of the most significant of these being the hit 2005 animated fantasy film Corpse Bride, in which Carter did the voice of the title character. Fellow A-list actor Johnny Depp starred alongside the 48-year-old as the lead male character Victor Van Dort, who finds himself unintentionally married to Carter’s character after he practices his wedding vows in a cemetery upon her grave.
It is not the only film in which Burton made the creative decision to pair his partner and Depp alongside each other. The 2007 cult favorite Sweeney Todd showcased the two side by side in a both comical/terrifying adventure in which the Demon Barber of Fleet Street set out on a mission to discover who was responsible for his wife’s death many years ago; the culprit turns out to be none other than Mrs. Lovett herself, who had always nursed a flame for the barber despite his affections lying elsewhere. The actors were also cast together in the 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland, playing the Mad Hatter and Red Queen respectively.
Indeed, Burton became subject to a significant amount of public scrutiny for his regular choice of casting, given that he and Carter were involved romantically. Many viewers did not feel that it was entirely professional, and that the California native had a habit of playing favorites when it came to who he would cast in his movies. As well as his partner and Depp, he regularly made the choice to cast fellow Sweeney Todd actor Alan Rickman in his films, as well as Harry Potter star Timothy Spall. It was speculated that the value of the movies were potentially decreased due to the aforementioned re-casting of the same actors in multiple different films, and that his need to put his friends in his films took away from the legitimacy of the plot and impressiveness of the movies themselves.
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter have broken off their relationship after 13 years together. The two were never married.
By Rebecca Grace