James McAvoy pap-strolled with his girlfriend of two years, Lisa Liberati

James McAvoy and Lisa Liberati enjoy a romantic stroll together

Back in May 2016, James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff announced their split after nine years of marriage. When they first got together, she was arguably the more famous and respected actor, but through the course of their relationship and marriage, he became one of the most sought-after actors of his generation. People were always so happy about the fact that he and Anne-Marie seemed to weather every storm, and that they were so lowkey about everything, especially their young son. Then they separated and suddenly there were a dozen stories about McAvoy acting sort of like a cliche. We still don’t know when James and Anne-Marie first began having problems, but we do know that McAvoy was quietly dating Lisa Liberati almost as soon as his separation from Anne-Marie was announced.

Much like his marriage, he’s kept his romance with Lisa Liberati pretty quiet. I heard the rumors back then, May/June 2016, and I sort of forgot about them. He met Lisa when he was filming Split with director M. Night Shyamalan, and Liberati was Shyamalan’s personal assistant. In any case, here are photos of Lisa and James out and about in New York on Friday. These are possibly the first paparazzi photos of them as a couple, but to be fair – they’ve shown up together on some social media posts and photos from private parties and events and such. But it feels like… James is saying that this is for real, that this is super-official now.

Basically, I can’t decide if I think these photos are shady. I mean, it’s been nearly two years – it’s not like James and Lisa were pap-strolling two seconds after his split from Anne-Marie. But still, I think Lisa is the reason why he split from Anne-Marie.

James McAvoy and Lisa Liberati hold hands while out for a stroll

James McAvoy and Lisa Liberati enjoy a romantic stroll together

Photos courtesy of Backgrid.

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  1. Penfold says:

    Huh. I had no idea he got divorced.

  2. B says:

    The first photo kind of looks like he is en pointe in his ballet shoes because of the shadows LOL (especially if you focus your eyes on the dark part of the shoes).

  3. whispersjane says:

    Huh. I don’t know. I don’t really care about the details (breakup-shakeup). Two years is an appropriate amount of time. I’ve always liked him.

    Part of me wants to believe in “forever after” and is disappointed when I see couples I like & respect part ways, but part of me understands that life is complicated and good people can love each other and grow apart.

    He has quite a bit of charm, that McAvoy. I guess I’m glad to see him being discreet with a private woman. Somehow avoids the Hollywood stereotype, if that makes any sense.

  4. Taylor says:

    He has some psycho jealous fan girls on IG, going after her calling her terrible name under a pic he put up for her bday.its pathetic how these delusional women act like theyd actually have a CHANCE with him. lol

    • diana says:

      Oh boy some fans are really creepy. I literally just read something similar about Trent Reznor‘s wife.

      • Taylor says:

        yes, its very scary how personally some of these more agressive fans take an actors choice of a gf/wife. Cringe worthy.

    • tracking says:

      That’s disturbing.

    • ichsi says:

      There’s a whole group of delusional Eastern European girls dedicated to calling her a horse in bad, google-translated English. It’d be funny if this wasn’t against a real human being who did not choose a public life and does not deserve this.

      • Taylor says:

        whats even scarier and creepier is those same girls are folowing her on IG. stalking 101

  5. Jayna says:

    He and his wife split in May 2016. He and Lisa were photographed together in 2016. They were kissing in a 2016 Halloween photo. She was called his girlfriend. So I don’t think it’s that he’s been hiding this relationship. I just think he’s not gossip-worthy. He’s dating a non-celebrity. And he and his ex-wife were extremely private during their marriage. And I imagine the same is true for this relationship. It’s his private life.

    Anne-Marie is a theater actress and spoke highly of James last year when promoting a play, I believe. She admitted divorce was hard. Her quote. ‘James and I have always been very private people and we’re going to be consistent with that, but I understand that people want to know about it and that they have invested in us as a couple. There’s a lot of goodwill between us. And we do still laugh all the time. I cannot imagine a time in my life when he doesn’t make me belly laugh. We love being parents and he’s someone I’ll respect, always.’

  6. A.Key says:

    “But still, I think Lisa is the reason why he split from Anne-Marie.”

    But we’ll never know and throwing shade isn’t really the way to go especially since there is zero evidence McAvoy cheated on his wife and she still speaks highly of him.

    I mean people fall out of love and it’s nobody’s fault. And then they fall in love with someone else. It’s not a crime for gods sake. He and Anne Marie clearly came to a mutual understanding and decided it was best for both of them to split up. End of, we don’t really need to know anything else. And McAvoy is free to date whomever he wants post his separation and divorce.

    • Tata Mata says:

      I understand your point of view and I think that most people would agree that falling out of live might result in divorce. And we don’t know what went on in their marriage so I don’t feel that I am able to judge this marriage. I love both of them as actors very much so I wish them all the best.

      Nevertheless I wonder if some people give up too quickly nowadays? Also I wonder if it ain’t the case that a lot of people get married too quickly nowadays? I know lots of couples who had a period in which they barely talked to each other and everybody was off on their own and they did their own thing for a while. Perhaps that was good for them. And then they just got through that period and their partnership developed into a relationship that both still enjoy.

  7. Lucy says:

    As far as I know, Anne Marie and him still have very good relationship. Anyways…this doesn’t change the fact that he’s one of my boyfriends.

  8. ichsi says:

    This was right outside the GMA studio where he was interviewed, so I’m not sure if they really pap-strolled with some message behind it or just got caught by the paps. I’ve seen creepshots of them together in London (yeah, I know, I’m THAT kind of fan) and they walked hand in hand there too, so this doesn’t have to be shady or staged.

    And yeah, he’s super hot and I’m so happy to see his face in interviews again 😂

  9. PortugaltheWoman says:

    why celebreties can’t have a long and happy marriage? or anyone this days? makes me sad….

    • Ladiabla says:

      Makes me sad too, I loved him and Anne-Marie. I remember listening to an interview he gave once, he was asked about when he first knew he was in love and he said “the world seemed like a less scary place and I started to like myself more”. I thought that was such a lovely thing to say. It’s too bad they didn’t make it, and if he really was cheating on her then he’s just another dbag.

  10. SJhere says:

    I liked him and AM as a couple. They were both great in Shameless. From the first episode I saw him in I thought he would be a successful actor he has something.
    Too bad about the divorce, but so many people divorce now it just makes me sad.

    The stalker thing is really spooky. It’s their private lives, get a grip.