Colin Firth splits with wife for cheating on him with childhood friend
In 2018, a "heartbreaking and malicious" email was made known to the actor.
The latest celebrity couple to part ways is Love, Actually’s Colin Firth, 59, and his wife of 22 years, Livia Giuggioli, 50.
The King’s Speech actor said in a statement that he would maintain a “close friendship and remain united in their love for their children” with Giuggioli. The couple has two sons, Luca and Matteo.
The cause of the split is allegedly an affair from 2015 to 2016 that Giuggioli had with Italian journalist Marco Brancaccia, 55, according to Daily Mail.
In 2018, Giuggioli claimed that her childhood friend Brancaccia harassed her and that sparked a police investigation. One of the emails was “heartbreaking and malicious” and led the Oscar winner to confront her.
“This guy Marco basically told Colin everything he had been doing with his wife for a year. The email was a detailed diatribe, humiliated Colin, and was designed with no other motive than to wound,” a friend of the actor told Daily Mail.
“He described intimate meetings that would devastate any husband – no matter what the state of their marriage. And he did so with the misguided and hopeless belief he could destabilise the efforts being made by Colin and Livia to sort things out.”
At that time, a spokesman for the couple had said: “A few years ago, Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate. During that time, Livia briefly became involved with former friend Mr Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited”.
Giuggioli claimed that emails containing photos of her were sent to her husband. In addition, she claimed that she received phone calls and believed she was being followed. However, Brancaccia told The Times that she came up with the claim to cover up their affair.
“In the best interests of their families, the parties have agreed on a private settlement,” lawyers for both parties said in a statement to People.