I’d forgotten all about this: do you remember way back when Claire Danes and Billy Crudup got together in 2003? Billy left Mary-Louise Parker, who was pregnant with their child. Billy and Mary-Louise had been together for eight years. As is often the case in instances like this, Claire got a lot of the backlash for that.
Claire opened up about that experience.
That was a scary thing. It was really hard. I just was in love with him and needed to explore that and was 24. Didn’t quite know what those consequences might be. It’s okay. I went through it.”
Claire and Billy split three years later in 2006. Given the age difference (Billy is ten years older than Claire) and the fact that he was in the committed relationship, I think Billy is more responsible for that whole fiasco, no?
However, Claire took responsibility for her part in the relationship. As she said in 2009:
That was a choice I made to fall in love. It’s unpleasant to be cast in such an unflattering role, but I just had to remain steadfast.”
Now that Claire is married with a child herself, I wonder if she has a bit more empathy for what Mary-Louise experienced? Hopefully she does.
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