Days after announcing divorce, James McAvoy dating Alexandra Shipp?

  • PTI, London
  • Updated: May 17, 2016 17:22 IST
James McAvoy plays Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies, and Alexandra Shipp will debut as Storm in the upcoming Apocalypse.

Actor James McAvoy, who announced his divorce from wife Anne-Marie Duff last week, has now been linked to his X-Men: Apocalypse co-star Alexandra Shipp.

The 24-year-old actor and Shipp, who is 13 years younger than him, got close while filming the X-Men movie, reported Daily Mirror.

“It’s no great secret how they’ve got close. James has been quite open among the cast and crew that his marriage was over and it seems he has struck up a friendship with Alex since then,” a source said.

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The insider added, “It’s been the source of some gossip among those connected to the film - but they’ve kept things low key.”

“He and Alex were certainly very tactile,” the source said of McAvoy and Shipp, who were captured on camera sharing a laugh during the premiere of their movie in London earlier this month.

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The source additionally claimed that McAvoy and Duff’s marriage had been in crisis for some time, but they’re still living together in their house in north London.

Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Suffragette, at the opening gala of the London film festival in London. McAvoy and Duff are ending their nearly 10-year marriage. The couple released a joint statement Friday, May 13, 2016, announcing their divorce and commitment to co-parenting their five-year-old son. (AP)

“He told people things had started to break down some time ago but that everything was fine and they were perfectly happy.”

The estranged couple was seen enjoying a bike ride on Sunday, May 15. They have one child together, five-year-old Brendan.

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