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Kate Winslet’s 1st Husband Isolated Her from Family - She Divorced Him Shortly After Welcoming Their Baby

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Apr 02, 2022
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After experiencing two difficult divorces, Kate Winslet is finally enjoying her beautiful marriage with her third husband. Here are the details of her previous marriages. 

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Superstar actress Kate Winslet, a popular figure in Hollywood since her record-breaking performance in "Titanic," has dazzled fans with brilliant performances over the years. The British icon has a movie catalog that many veteran actors can only fantasize about.

Winslet has been under the media spotlight away from her on-screen feats and has faced significant scrutiny in recent years due to her personal life. 

[Left] Picture of British actress Kate Winslet; [Right] Picture of Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton | Source: Getty Images

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The actress is currently married to Edward Abel Smith, but she has been in various other relationships. One of Winslet's most talked-about romances was her relationship with Scriptwriter Stephen Tredre, her first love

The pair first met in London when the actress was 15 and Tredre was 28. The lovebirds fell in love and started dating. Sadly, their relationship did not last long, but they remained friends.

Portrait of British actress Kate Winslet, in London, circa 1992 | Source: Getty Images

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In 1994, Tredre was diagnosed with bone cancer, and three years later, he passed away. His funeral was fixed, but it clashed with the LA premiere of "Titanic." 

As one of the major stars in the movie, Winslet was expected to attend the event, but she opted for Tredre's funeral in England.

WINSLET AND LEO DICAPRIO'S ROMANCE RUMOR

Kate Winslet And Leonardo DiCaprio during 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 18, 1998 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

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After "Titanic" premiered in 1997, Winslet became a fan favorite due to her excellent portrayal of Rose DeWitt. The role saw the actress star as Jack Dawson's love interest, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. 

Due to their immense on-screen chemistry, many fans believed the pair's relationship was more profound than it appeared. 

In days, rumors of a possible relationship between Winslet and DiCaprio made the rounds. Even though fans wanted a romance between the two, the actress debunked all speculations, noting that her relationship with DiCaprio was platonic. 

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in the 1997 movie "Titanic." | Source: Getty Images

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During an interview, Winslet addressed supporters who were disappointed with the nature of her and the actor's friendship. In her words:

"It's so disappointing for people to hear that because, in the soap opera of the Kate and Leo story, we fell in love at first sight and had a million snogs, but we never did."

Even though the movie stars were never romantically involved, they are still in each other's lives and maintain a healthy friendship.

INSIDE WINSLET AND JIM THREAPLETON'S LOVE STORY

Actress Kate Winslet and husband Jim Threapleton at their wedding reception on November 22, 1998 at the Crooked Billet Pub in Stoke Row in Oxfordshire, England | Source: Getty Images

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Winslet first met Jim Threapleton, her first husband, in 1997 on the set of the indie movie "Hideous Kinky." Not long after, the former couple started dating and eventually tied the knot in November 1998. 

Winslet was only 23 when she walked down the aisle with Threapleton in a low-key ceremony at her local church in Reading, England.

THE TROUBLES IN WINSLET AND THREAPLETON'S MARRIAGE 

Picture of Kate Winslet and Jim Threapleton on October 16, 1998 | Source: Getty Images

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Winslet and Threapleton's marriage appeared perfect, but over a year into the union, the ex-couple began experiencing challenges. 

The actress revealed that she had become a completely different person during an interview. According to Winslet, she was isolated from her friends and family. Also, the "Titanic" star claimed that her ex-husband did not want her to be famous, so she had to look for supporting roles. 

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Winslet alleged that Threapleton would read a script she loved and say it was not good enough for her. The man's words would immediately kill Winslet's passion, and she would lose control of her instincts.

Unfortunately, the issues had eaten deep into the marriage that the birth of the duo's daughter, Mia, in 2000 could not repair the union. 

Actress Kate Winslet and baby Mia, on September 04, 2001 leave their home in Islington, London

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In 2001, less than three years into the marriage, Winslet and Threapleton called it quits. The actress noted that their daughter would remain the priority in a statement.

INSIDE WINSLET'S SECOND MARRIAGE 

Shortly after her divorce, Winslet found love again in the arms of British Film and Stage Director Sam Mendes. 

Actress Kate Winslet with Sam Mendes arriving at the world film premiere of Miramax's "Iris" on December 02, 2001 at the Paris Theatre in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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The pair first met in 2001 when the director approached Winslet and expressed his desire to cast her in two of his plays at London's Donmar Warehouse Theater. 

Even though the actress was not interested in doing plays, she accepted Mendes's offer. After their first lunch, Winslet became interested in Mendes and wanted his number. She even organized a casual barbecue and made sure to run into the director again.

Actress Kate Winslet and director Sam Mendes walk son Joe to his school on April 07, 2010 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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It was only a matter of time before the pair became romantically involved. In May 2003, the couple secretly tied the knot on a whim while on holiday in Anguilla. Winslet confessed that they never planned to marry, but they did because they thought it was a great idea. 

The pair welcomed their son not long after, on December 22, 2003. Winslet and Mendes's publicist made the announcement, noting that the couple was delighted. Unfortunately, the duo's union was destined to crumble, despite welcoming a son. 

Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet attend Premiere of AWAY WE GO at Landmark Sunshine Theatre on June 1, 2009 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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After being married for almost seven years, Winslet and Mendes separated in 2010. In a statement, Keith Schilling of the legal firm Schillings revealed that the stars were saddened by what happened and were fully committed to the joint parenting of their kids.

After the divorce, Winslet held interviews about her relationship with Mendes. In one of the chat sessions, the actress revealed that she and the director were okay, and she would never use insulting words on him, despite their tough separation.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet share an embrace at the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images

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Although Winslet won custody of the kids, they decided to relate amicably aside from their differences. 

Through all the challenges the actress faced during the divorce, she had the support and encouragement of her long-time friend, Leonardo DiCaprio.

WINSLET AND EDWARD SMITH'S RELATIONSHIP 

Kate Winslet and Edward Smith are seen at Los Angeles International Airport on January 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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Winslet and Edward Smith first met around 2010 at Smith’s uncle, Richard Branson’s private holiday venue, Necker Island. During the visit, the house caught a massive fire.

It was during the tragedy that Kate met Smith for the first time. Kate and Ned were quick to realize the spark between them. Soon after and began dating Smith.

Edward Smith and Kate Winslet attend the 21st Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 5, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images

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They got engaged in 2012 and also tied the knot the same year. The following year, they welcomed their first child and son, Bear. Winslet is grateful for her husband, noting that he is supportive and means the world to her and their son.

WINSLET'S VIEW ON MOTHERHOOD 

Although Winslet has accomplished a lot and bagged many awards in the movie industry, she considers motherhood her most outstanding achievement. 

Actress Kate Winslet walks with her daughter Mia March 11, 2009 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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Time and again, she has spoken candidly about parenthood and the highs and lows that come with it.

Once, the actress revealed that having kids put the whole world into perspective. As a mother, Winslet believes being present and staying strong is not an option. She wants her kids to look back and remember that she was always around, despite her busy schedules.

WINSLET'S REFLECTIONS ON HER FAILED MARRIAGES 

Sam Mendes, Kate Winslet and their children are seen on the streets of Manhattan on April 8, 2010 in New York City | Source: Getty Images

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Despite being happily married, Winslet still recounts the experiences in her first two marriages and the divorces. Reflecting on her failed marriages, the actress admitted that she did not plan for things to turn out the way they did.

According to Winslet, it was not easy, but she had to play the cards life dealt her. Currently, she is focused on her marriage and continues to share the secret of the beautiful union.

Kate Winslet attends the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards at L.A. LIVE on September 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images

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She has revealed that her husband is an extraordinary life partner. He is a stay-at-home dad who looks after the actress and their son. Winslet has also revealed that although her husband has dyslexia, he supports and helps her learn her lines. 

Overall, marrying Smith is one of the best decisions she has made. With how beautiful the union appears, fans are optimistic that it will last a lifetime.

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