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Amanda Abbington ‘sure’ she and ex Martin Freeman caused children ‘irreparable damage’


Amanda Abbington 'sure' Martin Freeman split caused 'irreparable damage' to kids

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Amanda Abbington thinks she and her ex-partner Martin Freeman have caused ‘irreparable damage’ to their children.

The Sherlock stars split up in 2016 after 16 years together, and share two children – Joe, 15, and Grace, 12.

Abbington, 47, is an ambassador for the It’s OK mental health campaign, and on an Instagram Live earlier this month, she discussed being open with her children about issues she was facing. 

Explaining that she tells her kids when she has bad days, the actress said: ‘To hide this from my children, that sometimes I get depressed or if I’m on antidepressants, what are you saying about all these mental health issues? Are you saying they’re offensive and shouldn’t happen? I don’t want that.’

The Mr Selfridge star then addressed how she and Martin, 49, have likely affected their children. 

She said: ‘I think it’s unsettling if I pretend I’m this Stepford Wife parent. I’m not, nobody is. I’m sure I’ve given them irreparable damage and they will be going to therapy because of me and Martin at some point.

‘If I can teach them to talk about it, say there’s nothing to be frightened of or ashamed of with whatever you’re going through.

Amanda and Martin share two kids (Picture: David M. Benett/Getty Images)

‘Whether you get drunk or try drugs, whatever you do — this place where we live is a safe place where you can say whatever you like. 

‘I think that’s what I’m striving for, and I think that’s what Martin strives for as well, is to create a place where they don’t feel like they have to hide anything. And if I hide stuff, that’s hypocritical.’

Abbington and Freeman met on the set of Men Only in 2000 and were together until 2016, when they confirmed they had separated.

At the time, they were starring as John Watson and his wife Mary Morstan on the BBC drama Sherlock.

Speaking about the break-up in 2018, Abbington said they couldn’t live with each other anymore, and told the Sunday Times: ‘When we broke up nobody knew, we didn’t tell anybody except for a few key people because they had to know, because of the logistics of hotels and stuff.

Amanda is an ambassador for the It’s OK campaign (Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

‘It took six months for it to get out and a lot of that was while we were working on Sherlock.

‘We were professional and we were going to get on and make a show and be civil to each other.’

Freeman later said that he didn’t only want to be civil to his ex for the sake of their kids.

The actor said on Desert Island Discs in 2019: ‘I always knew that people who split up can be civil and do it for the kids, it’s all right.

‘I didn’t only want to be civil for the children, I wanted to be civil for us, because when you’ve loved someone for that long and they have been such an integral part of your life, what – that is supposed to not count now?

‘That just didn’t make sense to me so we do we get on well and I think the kids see us getting on well, they are just loved by the same two people in different geography now.’

The Black Panther star is now in a relationship with French actress Rachel Mariam, 28. 

Abbington recently split from The Queen’s Gambit star Jonjo O’Neill, 42, after four years together.

She began dating the Irish actor nine months after her split from Freeman.


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