Actor Sam Claflin has gotten candid about his divorce from his actress wife in 2019, calling it a “horrendous thing”.
The Daisy Jones & the Six star divorced his wife of six years, Laura Haddock, in 2019, after mutually deciding to split. The pair have two children: Pip, seven, and Margot, five.
Speaking in his recent GQ cover, Claflin said, “Every break-up is difficult, and obviously having kids makes it even more. During Covid I really f–king struggled with the kids and, mentally, where my life was.”
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“Working through that, I’ve started getting to a point where I’m not afraid of saying no anymore,” he added.
The actor and Haddock, 37, who has starred in films like The Inbetweeners Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The First Avenger, started dating in 2011.
Claflin revealed in 2015 that they met during auditions for the film My Week with Marilyn.
“My wife, Laura, is undoubtedly my best friend. We met at an audition… and there was an instant spark. We found out we had the same agent and then bumped into each other the next morning at [a London Underground] station.”
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He added, “I didn’t know anything about her other than that her name was Laura, she was very attractive and she seemed lovely. But I went home, woke my friend up at 7am and said, ‘I just met the girl I want to marry. I love this girl like, I love her. She’s perfect.'”
The pair later married in a private ceremony in 2013.
In the interview, Claflin admitted that Amazon Prime series Daisy Jones & the Six made for the first crying scene where he didn’t struggle to conjure tears.
“These emotions are still quite raw for me,” he said. “I can just take from that and put myself in this situation because I lived through it.”
Claflin stars in the series as Billy Dunne alongside Riley Keough, who plays Daisy Jones.
The actor also opened up about personal things he’s trying to work on in therapy, like his natural people-pleasing personality, and his strong habit of self-deprecation.
“One of the reasons I became an actor is that I always want people to like me. I think it’s only recently dawned on me that I try so hard to make other people happy that I don’t know who I am,” he said.
“I’m from Norfolk but I’ve just adopted an accent that no one can really put a flag on. It’s an amalgamation of other people’s accents. Over time I’d sort of lost, I don’t know…” he trails off. “What makes me happy?”
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