Ioan Gruffudd has filed for divorce from his wife of 13 years, Alice Evans

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According to Alice Evans, her husband Ioan Gruffudd suddenly came home one day in January and told her that he was leaving her and their children. She poured out her soul (or something) on social media, going from zero to melodrama in about two seconds. After a week or so, it became clear that Ioan really was trying to divorce Alice, but she was fighting him about it. They were basically loosely separated for a few years and (this is my reading) he likely wanted to formalize it and file for divorce and she freaked out on social media. She’s basically trying to become a Wronged Wife Influencer. It’s very strange. Anyway, Ioan really has filed for divorce now:

Ioan Gruffudd has filed for divorce from his wife Alice Evans after 13 years of marriage, according to court documented obtained by The Blast. PEOPLE can confirm that the actor, 47, filed a divorce petition on Monday in Los Angeles but it’s unclear what he is asking for in terms of custody of their two children.

Reps for the actors did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The Fantastic Four actor’s filing comes a month after Evans, 49, posted a since-deleted tweet, saying Gruffudd had decided to end their marriage.

“My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week,” Evans tweeted at the time. “Me and our young daughters girls are very confused and sad. We haven’t been given a reason except that he ‘no longer loves me.’ I’m so sorry.”

Gruffudd did not comment on her tweets. In a joint statement obtained by PEOPLE at the time, the two said, “As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for our family and we remain committed to our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy.”

[From People]

Alice doesn’t want her privacy respected! Which is her right – if she wants to have a melodramatic, messy split out in public, so be it. Also: Ioan has mostly been living and working in Australia for the past few years, and there’s a feeling in some British papers that he’s possibly banging someone on the show he’s currently on, Harrow. It would explain why he “suddenly” decided to leave his wife. That being said, I haven’t seen anything other than vague innuendo. Australia has tabloids too and they haven’t picked up anything from what I’ve seen.

For hours, Alice was radio-silent on her social media after The Blast and People Magazine confirmed that Ioan filed for divorce. Then she posted this on Instagram. Um… he literally told her he wanted a divorce in January? Why is she acting like it’s brand new info?

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  1. Ohlala says:

    She is exhausting

    • Humbugged says:

      Don’t know who is banging on Harrow his co-star is married and just had a kid

      He was in The Guardian 2 years ago saying his marriage was in trouble

    • whatWHAT? says:

      I feel bad for anyone whose marriage is ending and they’re not happy about it, but…

      …she DOES seem exhausting. like, if this is how she is on social media, with “strangers”, I can only imagine the DRAMAZ she brings to her home life. I hope their kids are OK.

      and I found it funny that they called him the “Fantastic Four star”…that movie was 15 years ago…it’s like when they call Lohan the “Mean Girls star”.

  2. Amelie says:

    She’s really just…. exhausting. I’m glad he filed for divorce.

    • court says:

      she’s going through what may be the most difficult thing in her life (and her children’s). Being glad a family is breaking apart says way more about you than it does about her.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        I don’t see Amelie as “glad that a family is breaking apart”. I see her glad that a person in a toxic relationship is breaking out of it. they’ve clearly been separated for a while and he likely wants to be “out” with a new partner.

        I’m sure that it’s difficult for her and her kids, but her need to play it out in public on social media is also not good for her kids. SHE is making this MORE difficult by trying to shame him publicly. I do feel for her, too, but she seems like she is, as the kids say, EXTRA. and it’s OK if he doesn’t want to live like that.

      • Ashley says:

        Oh come on, no one is rah-rah divorce. But she’s clearly a narcissist drama queen. whatWHAT? is correct.

      • Jaded says:

        Airing dirty laundry about a divorce is never a smart move, and especially harmful for the children she says she adores. Mr. Jaded’s ex did that when they divorced (she left him) and deliberately ruined life-long friendships of his with false accusations of infidelity and emotional abuse. It was actually she who was the emotional abuser and betrayer. Getting away from Alice’s fame-whoring and drama-queening while remaining tight-lipped is the right thing to do.

      • B says:

        I agree with WHATWHAT?.

      • Jenn says:

        Yeah, I… certainly have empathy for people in pain, and emotional dysregulation doesn’t change that. But not every couple should stay together. It’s always sad, but I agree that it also seems like maybe it’s a good thing.

  3. Nic says:

    I’m a fan of Ioan’s work, and think he’s very nice to look at, but I couldn’t give a shit about his personal life. Her carry on is what has made it into news – her drama is mire important to her than her own children.

    • JanetDR says:

      Agreed! It’s hard not to have a little crush on him even while you are rooting for a building to fall on him (San Andreas).😂

  4. EllenOlenska says:

    I’ll give her this…his thoughts may be with their children but it doesn’t look like he’s with them a lot. She’s a nutter but I guarantee there’s another woman and there will be more kids and we will hear what a “great dad” he is to those kids non-stop.

    • court says:

      tale as old as time…

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      There were some pics recently of him holding hands with some 20-something, so this doesn’t surprise me.

      Either way… I doubt she was “blindsided” (that word! lol) considering he’s been in AU, what…4 yrs? and she’s been elsewhere. Who knows what their real situation is?

      Team Kids here. Both parties, esp. Alice, needs to keep things private.

      • welp says:

        huh, really? care to share?

      • Humbugged says:

        He supposedly took a selfie with Ella Newton who plays his daughter (she is 30) .She also has a boyfriend

        Alice is BFFs with Piers Morgan’s wife funny where all these accusations are being made

        The Sun published the story and then put a disclaimer in the story to point out ther is no evidence that he was cheating

  5. Jenns says:

    Her follow-up Instagram posts this morning are even more disturbing. I feel for the kids.

    • W says:

      and with every post it becomes more and more clear why he is leaving her, even if he might have been cheating, I can’t blame him at this point even for that

    • AA says:

      Oh god that post talking about domestic violence and child sexual abuse…
      What is happening. It is not an accusation… but if it is not… why bring it up in this confusing way… Someone explain what she is saying. This cannot be ok for her kids to see in the future.

      • Yup, Me says:

        She’s saying “I’M UPSET AND I’M HURTING AND I ALREADY HAD ISSUES WITH EMOTIONAL REGULATION AND NOW I’M READY TO ACT A WHOLE ENTIRE FOOL ABOUT THIS SITUATION BECAUSE MY EMOTIONS TRUMP ALL. ALSO, I HAVE NO FRIENDS OR FAMILY TO TELL ME TO GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA AND STOP ACTING OUT. PAAAAAAAY ATTENTION TO ME!”

  6. DS9 says:

    Sounds like he’s been trying to get out for ages.

    Also, I don’t know who else needs to hear this, but you don’t need a “good” reason to leave a marriage that isn’t working, even if you have kids. “I’m not in love with you anymore” is plenty of reason.

    • Godwina says:

      Yes, and also better for all parties in the long run! They can both get on with their lives and not deal with (very likely) marital infidelity and growing resentment.

      That said, we just know his next public relationship will be a 20s- or 30s-something. because a wife about to turn 50 is disposable af in our society. (Exhausting or not.)

      • Humbugged says:

        According to Alice .He took a selfie with his co-star and that is the ‘evidence’

      • W says:

        Wait, when did Alice accuse the co-star, I thought it was just something the sun made up?

    • SarahCS says:

      As the child of divorced parents I would add ESPECIALLY if you have kids. My mother eventually left my father when she met someone else but that was after several years of ‘Sarah go and play in the garden’ on an almost daily basis because their relationship was a mess.

      • Christin says:

        This story makes me think of a woman who left her seemingly nice husband the day of their younger son’s high school graduation. She told her son that she had been waiting years for his graduation, so she could leave his father.

        I always thought that was a terrible thing – to spoil your child’s graduation day, and to let him know how miserable you were as you waited on the day. She remarried shortly afterwards, and was clearly a narcissist, so who knows.

  7. Evenstar says:

    Honestly, she seems generally unstable, narcissistic, and at least emotionally manipulative, if not abusive. He has every right to leave, and I agree with an above poster that I can’t blame him for an affair at this point, either.

    • LondonGal says:

      Co-signed. I understand someone being hurt, angry and devastated, but there is a difference between being honest about that and displaying behaviors that make it very clear why your Partner has had to make such a dramatic break. I feel very concerned for the children.

  8. Lawcatb says:

    The face she’s making in the second to last picture, particularly her mouth. Is that natural, or is she doing it intentionally. Either way, it looks . . . odd. Also, she seems a little kooky.

    • heygingersnaps says:

      I think it’s called the duck face pose I don’t know who made it popular but lots of people still do that weird pout when posing for photos. A quick look at her posts and what I get is, that she is so exhausting. Me, me, me, me vibe.

    • iconoclast59 says:

      Google pictures of them through the years. She’s always been oddly performative in front of the camera. Definitely gives off a crazy vibe.

  9. Digital Unicorn says:

    She’s is coming across as unhinged and making it obvious why he’s leaving. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have been separated for a while and he’s asking for a divorce now as he wants to move on with someone else.

    The divorce will be messy and she will milk it for all the attention she can get.

  10. W says:

    It will be very interesting to see how this divorce will go. Alice keeps hinting at mental abuse, but without ever being concrete, and between those claims she also admitted that she still loves him and that she had 20 perfect years with him, I really am all for speaking out and giving women a voice, but it feels to me like after realizing that she lost him she is trying to destroy him. And in her latest post she also for the first time accussed him of having somebody else. I always knew that it will get very messy if they divorce, Alice has always been like this, and everyone warned him when they got married.

    Ioan’s lawyer must be rubbing his hands though, what she wrote about her telling their 7 year old about the divorce will not go down well, as will not playing this out in public and generally using the kids as weapons. He does everything right OTOH: keeps silent, makes the impression on his pap walks like he is doing errands for the family. His only mistake is meddling with her Social Media, but then again given what she is doing there he is actually helping her not looking quite as bad.

    • Giddy says:

      I hope he gets equal visitation time with the children, and then sees his daughters as often as possible. Not only does their mother seem unstable, but he will be the most important male figure in their lives. I hope he resolves to be a great Dad, no matter what.

    • Kebbie says:

      Seriously. He’s already got a case for parental alienation. The fact that she keeps framing it as “he’s leaving us” rather than “he’s leaving me” is so awful. And her post makes it sound like that’s how she’s presenting it to her kids too. To tell them by showing them a tabloid article? I know the situation is hard, but my God! She doesn’t seem to care at all that she’s making it worse for her kids. Just a selfish, terrible person.

  11. Jen D says:

    For what it’s worth, one of her posts mentions one of their daughters getting back from their Dad’s, so he hasn’t abandoned the kids. And she’s trying to push the narrative that he cheated.

  12. Christin says:

    If she raised the children most of the time, then I understand her frustration. It would take a strong marriage to survive being thousands of miles apart for months at a time.

    However, if he wants to divorce, then publicly shaming him was never going to work. If he’s checked out, then why draw out the inevitable.

  13. PlayItAgain says:

    She’s definitely not doing herself any favors. Yikes.

  14. Lauren says:

    I guess where I am confused is why would he leave his family in the US and be off in Australia for months on end shooting 3 seasons of Harrow. Why didn’t she move with him, unless his move to Australia was an informal separation? But in times of covid you would think his family
    moving to Australia would have happened since the people of Australia are able to live mostly normal lives.

    • AlpineWitch says:

      This is what I wondered too.
      It seems like she wants to stay in LA, maybe she’s addicted to attention and did not want to lose that.
      Also, echoing what was said by another commenter above, “I don’t love you anymore” is a perfectly valid reason to dissolve a marriage.

    • welp says:

      He was only for 5 months each every year in Australia. He was also for 4 months each in 2016 and 2019 in the UK for Liar. The rest he has been spending in the US, which of course isnt much, but it’s not like living permanently in Oz would have solved their issues.

    • AdamnEve says:

      Think they were also thinking of their kids; didn’t want to uproot them to Australia.

      She is very highly strung and messy. However I feel badly for her and you scroll through her older IGs and they seemed like lonely cries for help and fawning over her husband when he came back. He’s been doing random pap walks outside their LA home and “spontaneously” talking to paps to manage the PR. He looks like the long-suffering guy to me. They’re trying to link him to his onscreen daughter (Ella Newton); rags would just love that story, but Ella already has a bf.

      • Nana says:

        Also it’s not easy to get in to Australia atm. We have strict quotas on the numbers flying in because we have a two week hotel quarantine. Even Australian citizens have been having lots of trouble trying to get in.
        I wonder if he was able to get in because he was working, but his family was unable to get exemptions? Although that only explains things since March 2020….

  15. Ann says:

    Of course, he has someone lined up already. I have never ever seen a man leaving a relationship no matter how bad unless they had someone else lined up.

    • AdamnEve says:

      But Alice seems like extremely hard work so it’s possible he hasn’t got someone waiting in the wings. He didn’t want her to talk about her Weinstein encounter but she was milking that brief conversation all she could. Okay, so it was an important thing to get out there – the fact Weinstein basically propositioned her with the threat of not giving her husband a job – but she could have done it in a social media post.

      He always seems to have been pretty low-key and about the work and she, a loose cannon. Wondered how they lasted as long as they did actually. He has talked about how he would have never managed to do pretty well with his acting career (think he meant given the instability and highs and lows) without her support and strength.

    • Ann says:

      We have a friend who divorced his wife when he did not have anyone else lined up. He was about 45 at the time, as was she. She was not emotionally giving, basically. She just wanted to be with their two daughters all the time, would sleep with them and not him, etc., and was kind of a sad sack. It just wasn’t working. He met someone else about two years later and re-married. She is younger than he is, by about 15 years, but she was in her mid-thirties when they met and has a good career, very independent and smart. She isn’t arm candy.

  16. Cali says:

    Oh boy. I think I see why he wants to leave, her behavior is unhinged and the duck face pose and tacky clothing… bizarre

  17. Hell Nah! says:

    Oh my – those poor kids. I hope she gets the help she needs to be able to manage her emotions as this divorce plays out. For her sake, yes, but most especially for their young daughters.