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The American actress and the British actor, who welcomed a baby boy last July, have decided to end their marriage.
Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell have decided to part ways after less than two years of marriage. The couple announced their break-up on Wednesday.
“Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell have decided to separate, ” a rep said in a statement. “They both love and respect one another and will of course remain committed to co-parenting their son. This is a mutual decision and the two remain close friends.”
“Thirteen” star Wood, 26, and “Billy Elliot” star Bell, 28, first met in 2004, on the set of Green Day’s music video “Wake Me Up When September Ends”. They became an item shortly after and split in 2006, only to rekindle their relationship in 2011 and wed – in a small, discreet ceremony – in October 2012. Last July, they welcomed a baby boy, whose name has never been made public.
Wood, who is openly bisexual, has told The Advocate’s Matthew Breen, during a recent Twitter interview, that her husband was” well aware” of her “crush” on actress Milla Jovovich, with whom she performed at a fundraising benefit for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center on May 10th. She reportedly arrived at the galla without her husband, and “kept to herself the majority of the evening”, according to an eyewitness.
The couple were last seen together in November, when they attended an event at Los Angeles art gallery in Lacma.
While usually a profuse tweeter, Wood remained quiet following the announcement of the split, simply stating: “Twitter break for a while. …to be continued.” Bell deactivated his account.
Evan Rachel Wood, the daughter of a converted Jewish mother and a Christian father, was born in 1987. She began acting in the 1990’s, appearing in several television series, including “American Gothic” (1995–1996) and “Once and Again” (1999–2002), and made her début as a leading film actress at the age of nine in “Digging to China” (1998).
In 2002, she was nominated for Best Leading Young Actress at the Young Artist Awards for her role in the independent comedy-drama film “Little Secrets”, and in the following year she received a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the teen drama film “Thirteen”.
Wood has also starred in the films “Across the Universe” (2007) and “The Wrestler” (2008), and appeared in a recurring role on the HBO’s hit-series “True Blood”.
In a 2006 article, The Guardian called her “one of the best actresses of her generation”.
In 2011, she earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role as the narcissistic Veda Pierce in HBO’s acclaimed miniseries adaptation of James M. Cain’s novel “Mildred Pierce”.