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This wasn’t meant to happen to us, says Abbington on split with Martin Freeman

Amanda Abbington and Martin Freeman were together for more than 16 years. They also have two kids together.

hollywood Updated: Apr 09, 2018 14:34 IST
Press Trust of India
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In this file photo, Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington arrive for the British Academy Television Awards at a central London venue, Sunday, May 18, 2014.(AP)

Hollywood actor Amanda Abbington has opened up about her break-up with long-time partner Martin Freeman. She says that she never imagined they would part ways.

Abbington and Freeman separated two years ago after being together for 16 years of togetherness. She said, “I had thought Martin was the love of my life. This wasn’t meant to happen to us. I would wake every morning with a sudden lurch. ‘Why do I feel sick?’ I’d ask myself, in the darkness of the bedroom I no longer shared with my partner. And then, a split-second later, I’d remember what had happened. ‘Oh,’ I thought, as the tears started to fall. ‘That’s why’.”

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The 44-year-old actor, who played Mary Morstan to Freeman’s Dr John Watson on the BBC series, said she had to “keep things together” for their children. They have daughter Grace and son Joe together. “It was one of the darkest moments of my life but, although I didn’t know it then, it was also to mark the beginning of an extraordinary journey of self-discovery. It’s still hard. I still have massive wobbles but that’s understandable I think. I’m human. Nobody’s perfect. Nobody,” she added.

Abbington said she shared a healthy relationship with Freeman, 46, and they “still love each other”. “ -- Even if we’re not in love with each other -- and neither of us sees our relationship as a failure. We had 16 great years together and have two fantastic kids. We still talk and we still give each other advice,” she said.

First Published: Apr 09, 2018 14:09 IST