Ioan Gruffudd’s estranged wife Alice Evans steps out for lunch with friend Lady Victoria Hervey after claiming her daughters ‘cry every day’ amid ongoing divorce drama
- The actress, 49, stepped out with her close friend, 44, in LA on Friday
- Her husband Ioan, 47, 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
- The mother-of-two took to Instagram earlier this month, calling the screen star a ‘s**t’ and claiming her daughters had been left devastated by the news
- Alice claimed she didn’t know the Fantastic Four star was filing for divorce in an Instagram statement
- The exes married in 2007 and share children Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven
- Back in January, Alice revealed that they were breaking up in a shock Twitter statement and accused him of ‘mentally torturing’ her
Ioan Gruffudd’s estranged wife Alice Evans stepped out for lunch in Los Angeles on Friday amid her ongoing divorce drama.
The actress, 49, sought support from her friend Lady Victoria Hervey, 44, as they engaged in conversation during a girls’ day out.
Earlier in the week, the screen star claimed their daughters Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven, ‘cry every day’ as she accused Ioan, 47, of ‘abandoning them’ after he ‘walked out’ on them in January.
Brushing aside the drama: Ioan Gruffudd’s estranged wife Alice Evans stepped out for lunch in Los Angeles on Friday amid her ongoing divorce
The mother-of-two cut a chic figure as she teamed a cropped jacket with a maxi skater skirt.
Strolling across the streets of California in style, the blonde wore monochrome sandals and an orange bumbag.
Back in January, Alice revealed she and the actor they were breaking up after 20 years in a shock Twitter statement and claimed he ‘mentally tortured’ her.
The thespian has taking to social media regularly to update fans on the split and, in her most recent post, shared a picture of an columnist article on her page.
In good company: The actress, 49, sought support from her friend Lady Victoria Hervey, 44, as they engaged in conversation during a girls’ day out
‘Their dad abandoned them’: Earlier in the week, the screen star claimed their daughters Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven, ‘cry every day’ after the actor, 47, ‘walked out’ on them in January
Family: The estranged couple married in 2007 and share daughters Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven, together (pictured in June 2018)
The piece slammed her for opening up about her painful break-up from Ioan so publicly and commented on how it could affect her children in the years to come.
Hitting back, Alice said her daughters have no idea about her and Ioan’s public profile and ‘probably never will’.
She penned: ‘You know what they ARE upset about though? That their Dad walked out and abandoned them out of the blue. Without explanation.
‘Yes that’s what they cry about every day. Will their Dad ever come back and play in the pool or the yard with them? Will they ever have a family again?’
Split: Back in January, Alice revealed she and the actor they were breaking up after 20 years in a shock Twitter statement and claimed he ‘mentally tortured’ her (pictured in happier times)
Explaining why she has been so vocal about her split, she continued: ‘I choose to share the details of my divorce because a) I am lucky enough to possess the gene that enables me to not give a s**t about what people think of me and b) I have realised that there are thousands, if not millions of women out there going through the same thing, who, during this endless pandemic, believe that they are completely alone. I want them to know they are not.
‘Peace and love Alice. Xxx’
MailOnline has contacted Ioan’s representatives for comment.
Fury: Last week Alice accused the actor of ‘winding the s**t up me’ as she posted a vitriolic video about their ‘collaborative divorce’ talks
Last week, Alice accused Ioan of ‘winding the s**t up me’ as she posted a vitriolic video about their ‘collaborative divorce’ talks.
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”.
The TV and film star then insisted he misled 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
Ioan’s divorce papers cite irreconcilable differences as the reason behind his split from his wife of 14 years, Alice.
Fury: Last week, Alice accused Ioan of ‘winding the s**t up me’ as she posted a vitriolic video about their ‘collaborative divorce’ talks
Heartbreak: In another post, the TV star alleged that Ioan had changed her Twitter password
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 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 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.’
Up and down? 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 2018)
Open: The thespian has taking to social media regularly to update fans on the split
In January, Alice 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.
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.
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
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