Ever since I wrote that Benedict Cumberbatch “posh-bashing” story last week, I’ve been quietly obsessed with figuring out which of my favorite or not-so-favorite English actors have been “posh” this whole time. Is Henry Cavill posh? I’m looking at his bio on Wiki – he seems to have grown up in an “upper-middle class” family – at least that’s what we in America would call it. His father was a stockbroker, and Cavill went to a prestigious boarding school. I bring up his background because I think it might explain why he was with a international show jumper, an Englishwoman named Ellen Whitaker. Here’s a photo of Ellen:
Maybe I’m being a gauche American, but I always associate that kind of horse culture with the British upper class. It’s totally possible that Henry and Ellen just fell in love and it had nothing to do with horses and the British class system. I’m sure I’m overanalyzing. Anyway, Ellen and Henry dated for three years, even getting engaged at some point. But now they’re over! It really doesn’t sound like there’s much drama:
Henry Cavill and Ellen Whitaker have mutually decided to end their engagement, a source confirms to Us Weekly.
“There was no fallout. They just both agreed it wasn’t working,” the source explains. “They broke up three months ago.”
Whitaker, a champion show jumper, revealed details of Cavill’s proposal in a May 2011 interview with the Belfast Telegraph. “I couldn’t believe it when he asked me to marry him,” Whitaker, 26, said. “I thought we were there to celebrate his birthday. It was such a surprise and I am so happy.”
Best known for his role as Charles Brandon on Showtime’s The Tudors, Cavill, 29, will play Clark Kent/Superman in the highly anticipated 2013 superhero film Man of Steel. His other TV and film credits include Immortals, Tristan + Isolde, The Count of Monte Cristo and Stardust.
So Henry has been single for three months? And there hasn’t been any rumor of any jumpoff and he hasn’t been flaunting any new girlfriend? What world is this?!? Could it be that Henry and Ellen really did just split up, with no other people involved, and that he’s taking his time re-entering the dating pool? Perhaps. I tend to think that it was probably getting more difficult to sustain the relationship given their divergent career paths too – all of a sudden, Cavill is a hot property, and next year we’ll get to see him play Superman in Man of Steel. Shall we watch the trailers again? Superman was a longshoreman, you know.
Hot. So… who will Henry Cavill date next? I really have no idea.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.