Star: Kate Winslet’s marriage to man-child Ned RockNRoll is ‘on shaky ground’


This spring, Kate Winslet was in New York filming Collateral Beauty. Then in September, she was filming in New York again, this time being directed by Woody Allen. I’m mentioning this because Kate was photographed a lot on both sets, and there are consistent paparazzi photos of her throughout this year… but it doesn’t seem like she’s been photographed with her husband, Ned RocknRoll, since the SAG Awards back in January. Is this suspicious? We’ve heard for years that Ned is pretty much Kate’s house-husband, and he stays at home and raises the kids while she works. But before the past year, we would see Kate out and about with Ned at premieres, galas and so on every few months. So… is there trouble in paradise?

Third time just hasn’t been the charm for Kate Winslet. Sources tell Star the seven-time Oscar nominee’s marriage to Ned Rocknroll is on shaky ground as the pair approach their fourth anniversary.

“Ned is like a little kid, but Kate’s already got three,” spills a source close to the twice-divorced actress, 41. “Nowadays, when you ask Kate about Ned, she just sighs and says, ‘Sometimes I feel like he’s just along for the ride.’” And perhaps he is. Kate’s kept man, 38, allegedly quit his job as head of marketing promotion and astronaut experience at Virgin Galactic shortly after they wed!

Kate, however, has got her hands full. “She shoots two to three movies a year on top of taking care of Mia, Joe and Bear,” says the pal, leaving her little time to look after Ned too. “And when something’s got to give, it’s usually been her marriage.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

You’re trying to tell me that a grown-ass man who legally changed his name to “Ned RockNRoll” is an immature man-baby? NO. I DO NOT BELIEVE IT. I know a good number of people will say “it’s Star, so of course it’s bulls—t!” But it feels like there’s some kind of vein of truth here. It’s the weirdest thing. I do think Winslet is the kind of person who gets bored in relationships/marriages when everything becomes routine. I also imagine that’s compounded when she’s the sole breadwinner of the marriage. Plus, we rarely hear gossip about Winslet’s marriage, so when we do, I’m always like “Huh, someone might have a reliable source on this!” Maybe it’s nothing, who knows?

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  1. paolanqar says:

    Here’s another great example of a very successful and respected woman who cannot stay one day without a man in her life.

    • Lahdidahbaby says:

      BOOM: exactly!

    • minx says:

      Exactly. And each time she goes on and on about the greatness of their love….

      • Scar says:

        Uhmmmm Nope. First husband allegedly cheated and gave her STDs. Second husband cheated. So shes on her third. What’s wrong with not being alone. I like Celebitchy but sometimes I see comments that make me shake my head. I’m also pretty sure she has stated days without any man in her life. Don’t project onto her please.
        I just wish she would get with Leo or something. Imo, their body language says she’s into him and he’s all nahh

      • minx says:

        Scar, I’m not putting the blame for her divorces on her at all. What I am saying is that early on she goes overboard in describing to the press how fantastic these men are. The first time, okay, she was very young. But I remember her on Inside the Actor’s Studio getting misty-eyed about how wonderful Sam Mendes is…and we all saw how starry eyed she was with this guy. She’s in love, fine, but people get jaded after hearing it over and over.
        What I’m saying is, maybe she should keep some of that to herself from now on.

      • Scar saying you think she should be with Leo kind of boggles my mind. He could not be worse for her!

      • perplexed says:

        I didn’t know about that with the first husband. I always wondered what happened there. Well, if the first two husbands cheated, I don’t think she has a boredom problem.

      • delorb says:

        Scar, I took that to mean that because she doesn’t want to be alone for one second, she’ll pick someone she really shouldn’t be with. Someone she wouldn’t normally engage which usually ends badly.

  2. Sage says:

    I hope she made him sign a prenup.

    • paolanqar says:

      If you know who he is you will know that he does not need her money whatsoever. He’s probably 100 times richer than her.

      • Luca76 says:

        Yeah he’s just a lazy, insanely wealthy ,trust fund baby with absolutely no motivation to do anything with his life. I’m sure it be fun to have a fling with him but someone as ambitious and passionate as KW would definitely grow out of him.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        Not really – his Uncle is the one with the wealth, he was just a hanger on family member who used his connections to get a job working on the space shuttle. Branson has previous for giving family members/friends of family well paying jobs regardless of wether they were qualified to do them. Given that he doesn’t work and she’s the breadwinner she will have to pay him alimony on top of a probable lump sum.

      • Katie says:

        Doubtful. He’s just one of Branson’s many nephews, not the heir to that fortune. His father is wealthy (or was anyway, the oil company he’s a partner in was floundering a few years back and I’m not sure how that worked out), but very far from billionaire wealthy, and given what an exceptional loser he is I doubt Daddy will be leaving him the bulk of his assets anyway.

        He’s married up twice now.

      • Starkiller says:

        To my understanding it’s his family that’s wealthy, not him personally. In any case, the point is likely moot–I very much doubt that anyone daft enough to marry an actual adult who legally changed his name to Ned Rocknroll would have the foresight to make him sign a prenup.

    • blue banana says:

      right?! i love it.

  3. Katie says:

    I feel like she just goes from guy to guy looking for whatever the last one didn’t have. First husband was a regular guy who wanted a boring suburban life. Next husband is a theatre buff, Oscar winning director and workaholic. Then there was the model and this loser. Much more exciting than husband 1 but the total antithesis of husband 2.

    I’m interested to see who she ends up with next. An actor maybe?

    • ell says:

      ‘An actor maybe?’

      she’s one of those actors i can never see dating another, if i’m making any sense. she’s obviously super dramatic (as actors often tend to be), i don’t think she’d cope with another actor.

  4. Luca76 says:

    I mean it’s all because of his name change of course but I never ever thought it would last so of course I believe this.

    • Alexi says:

      That name change alone should have been a massive warning. I mean seriously that’s something a twelve year old would do. Omfg. Kate is a great actor but I am also over her claims she hasn’t had work done. Compare her to her original “heavenly creatures” days. Tons of work and a smoker. Yes Kate he’s along for the ride… DER.

  5. Digital Unicorn says:

    Am not surprised by this – marrying someone who changed his name to Ned Rocknroll was always going to end to heartache. I always got the vibe he got with her for the lifestyle as he seems to like being a celeb and going to these events, thou given her history with relationships she seems to get bored after being married for a few years.

    • tealily says:

      No to mention if you’re changing your name, why change the last name and then still keep “Ned??”

  6. SnazzyisAlive says:

    Is she really the breadwinner? Isn’t he super loaded himself and just lazy?

  7. Bex says:

    She always got a lot of stick for leaving her ‘ordinary’ first husband but somebody told me she had a cast iron reason to do so and just managed to keep it out of the press. They live near my sister so I see them around sometimes and they always look ok but who knows? I’ll never not roll my eyes at ‘Rocknroll’.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      If i recall, his cheating with actress Rebecca Hall is what ended her marriage to Sam Mendes who has always had that rep – he cheated on Rachel Weisz when they were together.

    • arbelia says:

      Concerning her first husband there were rumors that he cheated on her and gave her STDs .

      • paolanqar says:


      • Bex says:

        While I can’t verify it myself, I did get told that her first husband cheated. She took a real PR hit in Britain for the whole thing but never said a word against him so if it’s true I respect her for that.

      • ell says:

        she never spoke about sam mendes or rebecca hall either tbf, she’s been very respectful to the fathers of her children probably for their sake (which was probably a good call).

      • minx says:

        ugh, I feel sorry for her if that’s what happened. He was nothing great to look at.

      • arbelia says:

        bex i think that’s true, because when she was promoting The Holiday ,when asked she said that had been cheating on . She was then married to Mendes (and at the time they seemed quite happy) and the other two relations she had had were her first bf – the one who died, and her first husband. And she always speak highly of her first boyfriend.

      • Don't kill me I'm French says:

        She met Mendes when she was married with her first husband.She divorced to be with Mendes

    • Bex says:

      That’s how the press spun it because she didn’t talk and give them any reason to believe otherwise, Don’t Kill Me I’m French (I won’t, I love the French!), but apparently that’s not how it went down at all and she got to know Mendes afterwards. Quickly afterwards, but afterwards.

  8. arbelia says:

    mmm i am not sure i believe it . By the way she had “The Dressamker ” premiere like two weeks ago, and he was there with her and on the pics i saw they looked quite loved up.
    He tends to be quite discreet, he doesn’t pose with her on the red carpet , but he’s always with her when you think he isn’t, backstage, with her agents or prents,always carrying her stuff when they travel, etc…
    That’s why i think they’re quite solid. I think that if they eventually last as a couple it will be EXACTLY because he is at home and made it easier for her to work , travel while having two kids with 2 other men ( organization wise it has to be a nightmare), and not having to worry . When she was married with S. Mendes , when one was whooting , the other was at home with the kids and it probably was quite frustrating for both of them ( particularly for Mendes who became more known more for being M. Winslet than for his movies).
    Emma Thompson husband was also for quite a long time essentially at home while Emma Worked, and i think it’s what made last .
    Also some paper said they had dinner with Dicaprio last week.

    • ariadne says:

      Emma Thompson’s husband is insanely handsome. He’s worked regularly in TV though; I can see that he might have held his career back to let her work more, but he’s still kept fairly busy I think..

      • arbelia says:

        yep he’s handsome AND Talented, but when they had their daughter, he was mostly at home while Emma was working. And for one time he basically abandonned his acting career to be a carpenter or something , since he has trained as an architect. Emma said at the time she was the main breadwinner. I love them btw .

      • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

        Yes Greg Wise is a dish but he does still work as an actor, thou its mostly TV.

      • LeAnn Stinks says:

        Yes, they met while making “Sense and Sensibility,” where he played Willoughby. I love Jane Austen.

    • arbelia says:

      What is a “dish” , i’m french and i didn’t get it.

      • Loula says:

        Dishy is an old fashioned slang word for handsome, hence a dish 🙂

      • arbelia says:

        oh thanks.Greg wise is handsome and an awesome guy. He just nursed his terminally ill sister until her death. That says a lot about the man he is.

  9. Sixer says:

    “head of marketing promotion and astronaut experience at Virgin Galactic”

    If I die without having been head of astronaut experience somewhere, my life will not have been worth living. I might even set up my own firm – I think that I shall call it Sixer EvenMoreGalacticThanVirgin – just so that I can make myself head of astronaut experience.

    • Pansy says:

      That is THE sentence that stood out to me, too!!! It’s like they said, “ok Mr. Rocknroll, congratulations, you’re the head of promotional marketing! Do you have any questions?”
      “Can I be the head of your astronaut experience, too?”
      “Er….well….[he’s the boss’s nephew, right?]….well, sure you can!”

    • paddyjr says:

      Maybe “A Sixer Even More Galactic Than Virgin”; you might want to be top of the list alphabetically when people are trying to find the right galactic experience for them 😉

    • Sixer says:

      Exactly, Pansy! Could there exist a more nepotistic job title – in this galaxy or beyond?!

      Thank you, Paddy. I shall do that!

    • susiecue says:

      Hahahahaha you guys!

    • tealily says:


  10. ell says:

    ‘I do think Winslet is the kind of person who gets bored in relationships/marriages when everything becomes routine.’

    this. she’s the typical person who has this romantic ideal in her head, but since it’s not realistic it never works.

  11. Mannori says:

    dont know about the Rocknroll guy (just because of that last name, that’s not his real one…ugh…) but Kate after she lost weight is looking really older than her age. She’s 40 but looks easily older or at least same age than women in their late 40’s or early 50’s like Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Robin Wright and Naomi Watts.

    • minx says:

      I believe she’s a smoker, which doesn’t help.

      • arbelia says:

        She stopped some years ago, but yeah she smoked a lot for a long time. But really when she was in her erly 20’s , she alredy had very visible wrinkles.I m in my early 30’s and i don’t have the lines she had at 23/24!

      • minx says:

        Well, that’s good that she quit…she has three kids to think about.

  12. original kay says:

    I just don’t enjoy her, whether it be movies, interviews, what have you.

  13. ickythump says:

    To oblivion and beyond!

  14. Cupcake says:

    Ahahaha! I’m sorry but I just find this funny. What could anyone expect from someone who legally changed their name to RockNRoll? Bad move Kate. I hope he’s a good Dad at least.

  15. kibbles says:

    I used to be a massive Kate Winslet fan when I was a kid and she was in her 20s. She was so much more free spirited then. Sad to see how life, celebrity, and wealth can completely change a person. Loved her curvy and tired of her saying she doesn’t diet and exercise when she’s much thinner in her 40s and after having three kids than she was at 20. We don’t believe you, Kate.

    Her love life has always been a mess. There is no need to marry and have a child with all of these guys. She shouldn’t have even married in her early 20s. She has the money to date around and have fun before finding a guy whom she can depend and has a connection with. None of her husbands are that attractive either, and they still cheat? I don’t know what she sees in them.

  16. Robin says:

    Third marriage, to a guy who changed his last name to Rocknroll? And now said marriage is in trouble? Quelle surprise.

    • Thurry says:

      At the time of their marriage “Rocknroll” was described as a “clown name.” So, yes, that was a huge red flag from the get-go.

  17. homeslice says:

    I’m done with her now. She worked with Woody…disgusting!

    • Mrs.Krabapple says:

      She was also very happy hugging and kissing Roman Polanski for the cameras. Disgusting creature.

  18. applepie says:

    I love her. She’s living her life to the full. I believe she is friendly with all her ex’s. What’s the problem? She seems like a sensible girl….face it, y’all just jealous.

  19. Taxi says:

    They look like mother & son. She has very strong bone structure & Ned’s face, especially with hair, looks incompletely formed, like a fetus.

  20. mkyarwood says:

    Hmm. This is starting to give me a few bi polar vibes. And not in a flippant way, in the promiscuity as a marker kind of way, like my cousin, who is on husband number five and still battling being able to stay on her meds. I can’t believe she lets this random guy stay home and raise her daughter without some side eye.

  21. Josefina says:

    I remember when I was 16 and everyone in my school just blushed when we were asked our email adress, which we made when we were 11. So the fact an adult man would legally change his name to “RockNRoll” is just unbelievable to me.