Ioan Gruffudd has split from his wife Alice Evans following a 13-year marriage.
Actress Alice, 49, took to Twitter on Monday evening to share the ‘sad news’, claiming the Welsh screen star, 47, said he ‘no longer loves her’ and has left her younger daughters ‘very confused and sad’.
The mother-of-two, who shares children Ella, 11, and Elsie, seven, with her long-term partner, wrote: ‘Sad news. My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week.
‘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.’
Break-up: Ioan Gruffudd has split from his wife Alice Evans following a 13-year marriage (pictured in 2018)
‘Our young daughters and I are very confused and sad’: Actress Alice, 49, took to Twitter on Monday to share the ‘sad news’, claiming the Welsh screen star, 47, said he ‘no longer loves her’
The couple met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000, when she was in a relationship with Pablo Picasso’s grandson Olivier.
The Titanic star and the Liars All actress became engaged six years later after she gave him an ultimatum about their relationship, and tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Mexico in September 2007.
The media personality previously gushed about their strong romance as he stated in an interview with Who: ‘When we first got engaged, there were a lot of people who were like, ”Oh actors who are married can get quite difficult because there’s too many egos involved.” But we’ve just had a fantastic relationship.’
The thespians’ daughters were conceived through IVF after discovering Alice had a low antral follicle count at the age of 38.
Background: The Titanic star and the Liars All actress became engaged on New Year’s Day in 2006 later and tied the knot in Mexico in September 2007 (pictured in 2016)
Early beginnings: The couple met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000 (pictured), when she was in a relationship with Pablo Picasso’s grandson Olivier
They welcomed their first child after one round of IVF, while their youngest girl arrived after eight rounds of treatment – which costs upwards of £7,000.
Alice wrote in Daily Mail in 2016: ‘Extremely high blood pressure earned me total bed rest for the last two months of the [first] pregnancy and then there I was, in a hospital bed, sweating and screaming and writhing about – just like on television.
‘A mere 40 hours later Ella arrived, a 6lb 2oz lobster-red baby-alien. Instantly none of my other plans mattered. This was the thing I should have done years ago. The only thing. It was as close to being in heaven as I’d ever get.
‘This time our first cycle failed. As did our second. Our third didn’t even produce any eggs to fertilise. Our fourth gave us a few to freeze. It wasn’t working.
Tough journey: The thespians’ daughters were conceived through IVF after discovering Alice had a low antral follicle count at the age of 38 (pictured in January 2020)
‘I won the lottery’: They welcomed their first child after one round of IVF, while their youngest girl arrived after eight rounds of treatment (pictured in May 2020)
‘Finally, physically, mentally (not to mention financially) depleted, we decided sadly that cycle eight would be our last. Elsie Marigold Evans-Griffith was born on September 13, 2013.
‘She has her dad’s big brown eyes but not his unfeasibly long tongue, thank goodness. I know how lucky I am. I won the lottery.
‘I get to kiss goodnight to the two most precious human beings I’ve ever met. My goal now is to get the word out. Don’t wait until it’s too late.’
In 2017, Alice spoke about a ‘sinister’ encounter she had with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, just hours after Ioan screen-tested for one of his movies in Cannes in 2002.
How does IVF work?
In-vitro fertilisation, known as IVF, is a medical procedure in which a woman has an already-fertilised egg inserted into her womb to become pregnant.
It is used when couples are unable to conceive naturally, and a sperm and egg are removed from their bodies and combined in a laboratory before the embryo is inserted into the woman.
Once the embryo is in the womb, the pregnancy should continue as normal.
The procedure can be done using eggs and sperm from a couple or those from donors.
Guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that IVF should be offered on the NHS to women under 43 who have been trying to conceive through regular unprotected sex for two years.
People can also pay for IVF privately, which costs an average of £3,348 for a single cycle, according to figures published in January 2018, and there is no guarantee of success.
The NHS says success rates for women under 35 are about 29 per cent, with the chance of a successful cycle reducing as they age.
Around eight million babies are thought to have been born due to IVF since the first ever case, British woman Louise Brown, was born in 1978.
Chances of success
The success rate of IVF depends on the age of the woman undergoing treatment, as well as the cause of the infertility (if it’s known).
Younger women are more likely to have a successful pregnancy.
IVF isn’t usually recommended for women over the age of 42 because the chances of a successful pregnancy are thought to be too low.
Between 2014 and 2016 the percentage of IVF treatments that resulted in a live birth was:
29 per cent for women under 35
23 per cent for women aged 35 to 37
15 per cent for women aged 38 to 39
9 per cent for women aged 40 to 42
3 per cent for women aged 43 to 44
2 per cent for women aged over 44
The Vampire Diaries star claimed the producer propositioned her and invited her to join him in a hotel bathroom.
Ioan shared his support for as he said in an interview with The Guardian last year: ‘I was very proud of Alice. Because women were not being believed.
‘She wanted to say, ‘No, this is definitely his modus operandi. This is how he behaves. I’ve witnessed it.’ So she wanted to present the case, help bolster the case.’
The Aberdare native is best known for his roles in Fantastic 4, W. and Horrible Bosses, while UCL alum Alice has starred in The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Dangerous Parking.
MailOnline has contacted Ioan and Alice’s representatives for further comment.
‘I was very proud’: Ioan recently shared his support for Alice (pictured in January 2020), after she spoke about a ‘sinister’ encounter she had with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein