Ioan Gruffudd’s estranged wife Alice Evans sports ‘LOVE’ ring on wedding finger in FIRST outing since divorce filing… as she addresses THAT ‘tipsy video’ amid ongoing split drama
- Actor Ioan filed divorce papers at Los Angeles Superior Court on March 1
- The document also reveals the former couple separated on New Year’s Day – a month before they announced they were breaking up
- Actress Alice, 49, took to Instagram earlier this month, calling Ioan, 47, a ‘s**t’ and claiming her daughter Elsie, seven, had been left devastated by the news
- It came comes after the actress claimed that she didn’t know Ioan was filing for divorce in an Instagram statement
- The exes married in 2007 and share daughters Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven
- Back in January, Alice revealed that they were breaking up in a shock Twitter statement and accused the actor of ‘mentally torturing’ her
Ioan Gruffudd’s estranged wife Alice Evans was spotted wearing a ‘LOVE’ ring on her wedding finger on Saturday, in her first outing since her husband filed for divorce.
Back in January, Alice, 49, revealed that she and Ioan were breaking up after 20 years in a shock Twitter statement and accused the actor, 47, of ‘mentally torturing’ her – with the actress taking to social media regularly to update fans on the split.
And the British beauty cut a glamorous figure amid the drama on Saturday night, when she stepped out sporting a new statement ring on her wedding finger while dining at West Hollywood hotspot Craig’s.
Stepping out: Ioan Gruffudd’s estranged wife Alice Evans was spotted wearing a ‘LOVE’ ring on her wedding finger on Saturday, in her first outing since her husband filed for divorce
Statement: Her ring of choice took centre-stage as she showed it off for onlookers
She stepped out in style for the occasion, sporting a plain black top under a matching blazer, which she teamed with a billowing patterned skirt.
Standing tall in a pair of embellished gold heels, the mother-of-two added a bold pop of colour with a bright green envelope clutch bag.
Complementing her look with a serpent bracelet and black-rimmed spectacles, Alice wore her golden locks in a sleek ponytail, while she sported a smudge of red lipstick.
However, it was her choice of ring that took centre-stage, with the actress proudly showing it off to onlookers and photographers as she exited the eatery.
Later that night, Alice returned to her Instagram account to address the video she’d posted on Tuesday, in which she accused actor Ioan of ‘winding the s**t up me’ as she spoke about their ‘collaborative divorce’ talks.
Sharing two screenshots of herself, she wrote: ‘Ok so this is what happens when you have too many Butter Chardonnays and then post your thoughts to Instagram.
Split: Alice and her estranged husband Ioan Gruffudd are currently in the midst of a very public split. Pictured together in 2018
Glam: The British beauty cut a glamorous figure amid the drama on Saturday night, when she stepped out sporting a new statement ring while dining at West Hollywood hotspot Craig’s
‘I have to say I have only watched it back now and nearly fell off the bed laughing. it’s the only thing that has made me smile in months. I mean – these two screen shots? Triple face palm.
‘HOWEVER… the amount of feedback, stories and love I have gotten from other women who were dumped out of the blue like I was has given me so much courage – and made me wonder why there has never been an advocate for this?
‘So just to say this – I may be back. I am telling you the truth about what happened – I am SO embarrassed that I “posted-while-tipsy” but it hey – I guess everybody know what I think now!’
She concluded: ‘Keep telling me your stories and PLEASE don’t worry on my behalf about the negative comments – they just go WOOSH right over my head.’
Stylish: She stepped out in style for the occasion, sporting a plain black top under a matching blazer, which she teamed with a billowing patterned skirt
Eye-catching ensemble: Standing tall in a pair of embellished gold heels, the mother-of-two added a bold pop of colour with a bright green envelope clutch bag
In her video posted on Tuesday, she said: ‘I have been served with a petition for divorce and it’s came out of the blue and I won’t cry. But we’ve been 20 years together, we have two amazing kids. I don’t know why.
‘At the moment we’re doing something called collaborative divorce which is somewhere between a really kind way of doing divorce and a phenomenal scam.
‘Because in one way it’s “okay, let’s hear what you would want and take it to the court afterwards” and in another way it’s like, people in the acting business will know when an agent says to you “we just can’t find you the roles”.
‘It’s a bit like, I’d like my daughter to stay with me on Saturday nights, “it’s just not within our possibilities”.
Video: Later that night, Alice returned to her Instagram account to address the video she’d posted on Tuesday, in which she accused actor Ioan of ‘winding the s**t up me’
The star then accused Ioan of misleading her with collaborative divorce, adding: ‘And then I read nothing is binding in collaborative, absolutely nothing.
‘So if I want my daughter to stay one more night in my house, the court hasn’t said anything so I can do it. So my husband is winding the s**t up me, saying what he says is the law, well we haven’t got to the law yet.
‘Lawyers aren’t the law. Lawyers are there to f*** the law. That’s what I always said. Anyway I may have some more thoughts later
Mailonline has contacted representatives for Ioan Gruffudd for comment.
Explosive: Back in January, Alice. 49, revealed that they were breaking up after 20 years in a shock Twitter statement and accused the actor, 47, of ‘mentally torturing’ her (pictured 2016)
Ioan’s divorce papers cite irreconcilable differences as the reason behind his split from his wife of 14 years, Alice. The couple share daughters Ella, 11, and Elsie, seven.
He recently stepped out without his wedding band for the first time.
The document, which was filed Los Angeles Superior Court on March 1, also reveals the former couple separated on New Year’s Day – a month before they went public with their relationship status.
The British-American actress, 49, recently called the Fantastic Four actor a ‘s**t’ for allegedly blindsiding her and going forward with legally ending their marriage in now-deleted posts.
She said: ‘I have been served with a petition for divorce and it’s came out of the blue and I won’t cry. But we’ve been 20 years together, we have two amazing kids. I don’t know why’
The papers state the exes are in a ‘collaborative process and intend to resolve all issues including spousal support by written agreement’ – which mirrors their joint statement about their shock break-up.
Last month, they 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.’
Just over a week ago, the mother-of-two shared a throwback snap of the exes and said ‘asking for a selfie’ could have sparked the breakdown of their relationship, before vowing to tell her ‘divorce story’.
The black and white photo showed Alice puckering up to a sombre Ioan as he stared down the camera, with the beauty writing: ‘Listen I am still sad and I am still heartbroken.
Her view: ‘At the moment we’re doing something called collaborative divorce which is somewhere between a really kind way of doing divorce and a phenomenal scam’
‘And I am still doing that awful thing you do when you remember something you’d planned to do together and realise you won’t be doing it together any more.
‘But this photo did make me chortle somewhat. I can’t remember it at all but I imagine it must have gone like this: stinky little chipmunk in two/ day old nightie and VISIBLE TOOTHPASTE still on and around her lips, dares to ask the “MAN WHO IS ALL MAN” for a selfie.
‘Bad move. Really bad move. Possibly even divorce move.. we’ll see. Oh god. I do remember it now, come to think of it.
‘The eye roll, the sigh, and then the PERFECT moving into position looking straight down the camera, hitting his key light, smizing just that little..
She said: ‘So if I want my daughter to stay one more night in my house, the court hasn’t said anything so I can do it. So my husband is winding the s**t up me, saying what he says is the law, well we haven’t got to the law yet’
‘I mean the guy’s a pro and he looks great. It’s just clear that I’m not the… oh no… Back soon with more #divorcestory.’
Alice also claimed Elsie had been left devastated by the divorce and that she was ‘scared’ of what Ioan’s response would be to her decision to comment publicly.
She wrote: ‘I can’t sleep. Not a wink. I am terrified for what tomorrow will bring. Oh don’t worry, I’m fully aware of how pathetic that sounds. I’ll make it worse. Do you what I’m mostly scared of?
The star then appeared to allege that Ioan has a new love, saying: ‘It’s who the girl is. I know! Why? Why would it even matter?
‘I’m scared that my little girls will be disappointed by their Dad’s behaviour and model that in their future relations with the opposite sex.
Family: The estranged couple married in 2007 and share daughters Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven, together (pictured in June 2018)
‘I did not find out my father was a s**t until I was about 32 years and I’m convinced that that made me the woman I am today.
‘After a certain age, they can’t take it away from you! I’m also scared of my ex-husband’s response to the fact that I had commented on his sudden decision to serve me.
‘I know he’ll be angry. (he is always angry – he was born angry) But, you see, I think this whole idea of keeping your private lives private is… well. What leads to child abuse. And domestic violence.
‘And mental abuse. I couldn’t believe how many people told me to accept it ‘with dignity’. What is dignity? I think ‘dignity is a way of covering up our own hurt. I think dignity is a way of others telling us to shut up, because THEY don’t want to think about our hurt.
Making things official: Ioan’s divorce papers cite irreconcilable differences as the reason behind his split from his wife Alice (pictured in happier times)
‘Hundreds of thousands of women are abused by their own husbands in their own home but they never tell anyone.
‘At least the sane number of young children never mention their sexual abuse because they’re scared of what will happen or because it’s ‘simply not done’.
‘I to this day know of a man who was abused alongside a group of boys in his early teens and he still swears it never happened.’
The TV and film star then claimed her youngest child has ran away screaming ‘no’ as she broke the news to her of the divorce.
Throwback: Earlier this month, the British-American actress, 49, shared a throwback snap of the exes and said ‘asking for a selfie’ could have sparked the breakdown of their relationship
Divorce story: The black and white photo showed Alice puckering up to a sombre Ioan as he stared down the camera, with the beauty writing: ‘Listen I am still sad’
She wrote: ‘Just like tonight, when my 7 yo got home from her dads and kindly, almost jokingly, but with intent showed her the article where it said that her daddy had filed for a divorce form her Mommy in the High Court of Los Angeles.
‘And he hadn’t told us so he probably hadn’t told her either so we were just letting her know and she ran away screaming saying “no!!”
”No! My daddy would NEVER do that to my Mommy’ ( at this pinpoint I imagine some mothers who DON’T believe in telling their kids the truth about everything will object. That’s fine. My ex-husband believes in lying rather than harsh truths.’
Alice likened the heartbreak of her marital split to ‘suicide’ or ‘death’ as a further post read: ‘Sorry I didn’t get to finish, and the end I wanted to add to this was that yes, it is very sad and out if the blue and I am heartbroken not just because I’d do much future that we planned.
Fury: Alice also claimed her young daughter had been devastated by the news and appeared to allude her husband had a new love. There is no suggestion Ioan has been unfaithful
‘But my dad went through this at 57 when my mum died suddenly. My friend Ashley’s husband committed suicide one Friday night am just as she was opening a bottle of wine.
‘And worse, there are women across the world who will NEVER have a voice, who will be killed for speaking out.
‘So I’m sorry but f**k your discomfort about my lack of dignity. F**k your cheap quips about how ‘she didn’t know!’ Ha ha ha what a load of b******s’
‘I come here to share an experience that has all but broken me ( but won’t) and to be honest, with the x use, made me want to die).
‘LET WOMEN TALk! !! WE ALL HAVE RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH, not just the men.’
Alice once again alleged the Forsyte Saga actor had locked her out of her own Twitter, saying: ‘When my ex-husband Ioan Gruffudd finally tells me what he changed my twitter password to, (I can’t do instagram ITS BEYOND. (sic)
Comments: Alice responded to supportive comments from fans where she said she had been blindsided by the divorce filing
‘Will invite anybody who wants to come in to talk about this subject. Don’t ever think you’re alone. Don’t ever think your subject is to silly. wedeserveavoice !!!! Oh god, now I have worry about the morning!!
‘@cant Edit to hear your stories when the Ex let’s me in. I will FOLLOW YOU ALL!! Love all round, not hate. Alice Evans. Xxxxx.’
After the news of the divorce filing broke, Alice shared a screenshot of the reports as she cryptically penned: ‘Oh. Ok. Thanks for letting me know. I guess?’ followed by a teary-eyed emoji.
In January, she said the actor had walked out on the family in a shock Twitter statement, in which she accused the Liar star of ‘mentally torturing’ and ‘gaslighting’ her.
The Blast claims that it is ‘unclear’ whether Ioan and Alice signed a prenuptial agreement or if the actress will ask for child or spousal support.
Uncertain: It is ‘unclear’ whether Ioan and Alice signed a prenuptial agreement or if the actress will ask for child or spousal support (pictured in happier times)
‘I don’t have any close friends in LA. I’ve looked after my kids for half their lives alone. My husband knows that.
‘We are indeed discussing legal separation, but we are still friends. You can say what you want about me being an attention seeker but you know it’s not true. You just want a reason to put me down. Please – go ahead. I’m impenetrable.’
Addressing the split, Ioan said: ‘Look, as I said before, it’s an extremely difficult time for the family, our thoughts are with our children obviously right now and I’d really respect a little bit of privacy right now, thank you.’
News of the split came following Ioan’s return from Australia, where he has been shooting season three of Harrow alongside Ella Newton, 30, and Anna Lise Phillips, 46, who plays his ex-wife.
Ioan has spent three long spells in Australia filming the TV drama Harrow.
Still friends: In February, Alice insisted she and the actor ‘are still friends’ and confirmed that they were pressing ahead with discussions over a ‘legal separation’ (pictured in 2015)
Split: In January, Alice claimed the actor had walked out on the family in a shock Twitter statement, in which she accused the Liar star of ‘mentally torturing’ and ‘gaslighting’ her
‘Our young daughters and I are very confused and sad’: Alice first took to Twitter in January to share the ‘sad news’, stating the Welsh star said he ‘no longer loves her’
He was in Brisbane over the summer of 2020, making the third series with his co-stars. When he returned, all seemed well — on the surface.
Alice posted a picture of the two of them cuddling up reunited in August with the fond caption: ‘He’s back and he’s grumpier than ever (shhh!).’
Earlier this year, Ioan’s mother insisted ‘no one else’ was involved in the breakdown of his 13-year marriage to Alice.
Alice took to Twitter to share the ‘sad news’, stating Ioan said he ‘no longer loves her’ and has left her young daughters feeling ‘very sad’.
The original statement was later deleted, with Alice alleging that it was her estranged husband who had taken to her account and removed the message.
She posted another Twitter message, reading: ‘Hi there. I didn’t delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account…
‘And hell yes when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes I will wash my linen in public’, however this tweet was also deleted later on.
Another: The statement was later deleted before Alice sent another tweet reading: ‘Hi there. I didn’t delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account’
Comments: Alice defended her messages in a duo of exchanges with followers
After the now-deleted message, she was then criticised by a follower, who penned: ‘Seems like a weird thing to be posting on Twitter’.
Alice responded, writing: ‘Why? I have lost my mind’.
One follower then penned: ‘I did the same when this happened to me. I think it’s how one acknowledges there’s no returning to what existed before. Accepting it by stating it publicly helps you to recognise the impossibility [of] reconciliation.’
She then responded: ‘This is exactly why. And than you. Six months of harrassment: yes/no/maybe. I cannot live like this anymore’.
In the original shock statement, Alice penned: ‘Sad news. My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week.
Pained: After her Twitter statement, Alice shared a heartbreaking update on her marital woes and admitted she ‘still loves’ the actor
Early beginnings: The couple met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000 (pictured), when Alice was in a relationship with Pablo Picasso’s grandson Olivier
‘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.’
Ioan’s father claimed his marriage to Alice had been in trouble for some time prior to their split.
Peter Griffiths, 72, said news of the couple’s separation did not come as a ‘complete surprise’ and that he had been ‘aware’ of problems between the pair.
Speaking to MailOnline from his home in Pentyrch near Cardiff, South Wales, the retired headteacher said: ‘As a family you are aware of these things going on.
‘I have spoken to Ioan and we are of course incredibly sad but I do not want to go into too much detail. We are very sad, particularly for our two granddaughters. It is just very sad, but these things do happen and marriages do end.’
In a telling sign, Ioan spoke of their relationship struggling in February 2020.
He told The Guardian: ‘I think we’ve struggled the past four years, making time for each other because physically we’re apart.’
The couple’s daughters were conceived through IVF after discovering Alice had a low antral follicle count at the age of 38.
Marriage has been ‘in trouble for some time’, says Ioan’s father
Ioan Gruffudd’s father has claimed his 13-year marriage to Alice Evans had been in trouble for some time.
Peter Griffiths, 72, said news of the couple’s separation did not come as a ‘complete surprise’ and that he had been ‘aware’ of problems between the pair.
Speaking exclusively to MailOnline from his home in Pentyrch near Cardiff, South Wales, the retired headteacher said: ‘As a family you are aware of these things going on.
‘I have spoken to Ioan and we are of course incredibly sad but I do not want to go into too much detail.
‘We are very sad, particularly for our two granddaughters. It is just very sad, but these things do happen and marriages do end.’
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 the 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.
‘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.’
The couple met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000, when Alice was in a relationship with Pablo Picasso’s grandson Olivier.
The pair 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. Ioan previously gushed about their strong bond and ‘fantastic relationship’.
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.’
Alice was born in New Jersey to British parents, teacher Janet and university lecturer and mathematician David.
She was raised in Bristol with her brothers Anthony and Philip, and temporarily worked in Paris after studying Italian and French at the University College London.
Alice frequently updates fans with images of her family and credits Piers Morgan’s journalist wife Celia Walden, actress Joanne Froggatt and socialite Lady Victoria Hervey as her close friends.
Ioan’s parents were also educators, and the Amazing Grace star grew up in a Protestant non-conformist household with his younger siblings Alun, 45, and Siwan, 40, in Cardiff.
He first featured in Welsh TV film Austin at the age of 13, before he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and appeared in TV shows and films such as Poldark, Titanic and Hornblower.
During the early stages of his career, the star lived with fellow actor Matthew Rhys – who served as best man at his wedding – for nearly 10 years. Ioan is best known for his roles in Fantastic 4, W. and Horrible Bosses, while Alice has starred in The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Dangerous Parking.
Actors: Ioan is best known for his roles in Fantastic 4, W. and Horrible Bosses, while Alice has starred in The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and Dangerous Parking (pictured in 2000)
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