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James McAvoy 'taking inspiration from Gwyneth and Chris split'

Published 24/05/2016

Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy
Anne-Marie Duff and James McAvoy

James McAvoy and Anne-Marie Duff kept the problems in their marriage "incredibly private" in the lead up to their split.

James McAvoy reportedly aspires to follow in the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, who remain close following their divorce.

British actor James and his wife Anne-Marie Duff announced the end of their union earlier this month (May16), after 10 years of marriage and welcoming son Brendan together in 2010.

In a similar situation were Hollywood stars Gwyneth and Chris, who decided to "consciously uncouple" in 2014 after a decade together. However, the former couple are on great terms, mainly for the sake of their kids Apple, 12, and 10-year-old Moses - something James apparently wants to have himself.

"He admires how Hollywood couples such as Gwyneth and Chris and Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck have continued to remain tight as a family after their marriages have ended," a source told Britain's Closer magazine, noting Jennifer and Ben's split in 2015. "For now, he and Anne-Marie will continue living together as normal as possible for Brendan, and will carry on with their daily lives as a family."

James and Anne-Marie met when they both appeared in British TV show Shameless in 2003, which had an impressive decade-long run.

While there's been rumours that James, 37, growing close to his X-Men: Apocalypse co-star Alexandra Shipp, 24, was one of the reasons he and his wife broke up, the source insists their differences stemmed deeper.

"They've been through a rocky year and have kept their problems incredibly private - even from their closest friends and family," the insider disclosed. "They did everything they could to avoid a split, but they know it's for the best and are both determined to ensure that they stay as amicable as possible for Brendan's sake."

Even their wedding was kept quiet, as they tied the knot in a small ceremony in 2006. Issuing a statement to People magazine earlier the month, the former couple shared the news.

"It is with tremendous sadness that we have come to the decision to divorce," they said. "We enter this next phase with continued friendship, love and respect for one another and the shared focus of caring for our son.

"We ask that you respect our and, most importantly, our child's privacy during this time."

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