Director Tim Burton and his long-time actress partner Helena Bonham Carter have separated after 13 years together, a spokeswoman confirmed on Tuesday (23rd Dec). A representative for Bonham Carter, the star of the “Harry Potter” movies and Oscar-winning films including “The King’s Speech”, said the couple had split “amicably”.
“Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children. We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time,” publicist Karon Maskill said.
Bonham Carter, 48, and Burton, 56, have 2 children together but never married. They met when Burton, whose films include “Batman”, “Edward Scissorhands”, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, directed Carter in 2001’s “Planet of the Apes.”
Known for their quirky sense of style, Bonham Carter revealed in a 2010 interview with Britain’s Radio Times that the couple lived in separate but conjoined properties in London. “We see as much of each other as any couple, but our relationship is enhanced by knowing we have our personal space to retreat to. It’s not enforced intimacy. It’s chosen, which is quite flattering – if you can afford it,” Bonham Carter said.
Meanwhile, Tim Burton’s latest work, “Big Eyes“, is slated for (in US) on Christmas Day, 25th Dec 2014. That’s tomorrow! No word on whether we’ll get to watch it here too as of yet.