Ewan McGregor describes divorce as 'a bomb going off' in his children's lives

Ewan McGregor's divorce came after images of him kissing Mary Elizabeth Winstead headlines - he addresses family fall out for first time

Ewan McGregor's divorce: Ewan McGregor attends the "Obi-Wan Kenobi" photocall at the Corinthia Hotel London on May 12, 2022 in London, England.
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Ewan McGregor's divorce from Eve Mavrakis, after 22 years of marriage, hit headlines back in 2018. Although Hollywood breakups are often front-page-worthy, it was their daughter's reaction to her parents' divorce that really caused a stir.

Ewan McGregor married Mary Elizabeth Winstead in an intimate, outdoor ceremony, in April 2022. Although their big day is said to have been an absolute hoot, all hasn't been plain-sailing for the loved-up pair.

Images of the Star Wars actor kissing his Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth in a restaurant in 2017 were published by media outlets - before his split from Eva had been revealed.

Ewan McGregor's divorce: Scottish actor Ewan McGregor (L) and US actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead arrive for the 33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles on March 19, 2022.

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When the split was first announced, Ewan and Eve’s daughter, Clara, seemingly let her feelings be known, leaving a comment under a photo of the actress from the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars party.

She wrote, “Most beautiful and talented woman on earth???’ [quoting the account’s caption] Oh man y’all are delusional. The girl is a piece of trash :) x.”

Years later, addressing his estrangement from his daughter, Ewan told GQ (opens in new tab), “A divorce in a family is a bomb going off in everyone’s life – my children’s lives." The actor added, “the sort of healing of that is ongoing.”

Ewan McGregor's divorce: Actor Ewan McGregor and wife Eve Mavrakis arrive at the 10th Annual GO Campaign Gala at Manuela on November 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

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Ewan, who's starring in a film that Clara conceived and developed alongside a screenwriter. You Sing Loud, I Sing Louder is inspired by her experience with substance abuse.

"There’s things that aren’t accurate, or are bent," he explained, "but they still reflect our estrangement for a while.”

Discussing the struggles faced when parenting somebody who’s in trouble he admitted, "it’s a f****** horribly difficult situation to be in." Adding, "you’re so scared of what can happen. You will do anything in the world to stop losing them.”

Despite Ewan's frank admission that he's still in the process of mending family rifts, it's clear that Clara hasn't allowed any difficulties in their relationship effect her bond with her baby brother Laurie.

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Following his birth, she shared an adorable image with him on her Instagram account with the caption, "Welcome to the world little brother ❤️ congratulations to my Dad & Mary - this is the greatest gift."

Aoife Hanna
Aoife Hanna

Aoife is Junior News Editor at woman&home.

She's an Irish journalist and writer with a background in creative writing, comedy, and TV production.

Formerly Aoife was a contributing writer at Bustle and her words can be found in the Metro, Huffpost, Delicious, Imperica, EVOKE and her poetry features in the Queer Life, Queer Love anthology.

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