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Why Did Helena Bonham Carter & Tim Burton Break Up? All We Know About Their Relationship and Split

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
May 26, 2022
07:23 A.M.
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Multi-awarded English actress Helena Bonham Carter has been widely recognized as one of Hollywood's most multifaceted and accomplished celebrities. She turned 56 on May 26, 2022.

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At 13, Bonham Carter earned second place in nationwide poetry writing competition and used her prize to place her photo in the casting directory "Spotlight." At 16, she landed her first commercial acting job with her first agent.

Bonham Carter famously starred in seven iconic films directed by Tim Burton, including the "Corpse Bride," "Dark Shadows," and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street." The actress had been in a relationship with Burton for 13 years before their recent split.

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton attend the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 10, 2013, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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HOW DID HELENA BONHAM CARTER AND TIM BURTON MEET?

Burton was one of Bonham Carter's most famous exes. The renowned filmmaker and the actress began their relationship in 2001 while filming "Planet of the Apes" 2001.

The duo's relationship was controversial, causing the public to raise eyebrows because, at that time, Burton was still dating his former girlfriend, Lisa Marie.

Lisa acted alongside the English actress in the ape-centered film. As for the supposed romance between the director and Bonham Carter, the latter's representative denied the rumors.

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Helena Bonham Carter attends the UK Premiere of "Cinderella" at Odeon Leicester Square on March 19, 2015 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

HAS HELENA BONHAM CARTER BEEN MARRIED?

Bonham Carter and Burton were together for 13 years but never married. While they skipped the idea of tying the knot, they share two children, son Billy, 18, and daughter Nell, 14.

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They had been iconic for their eccentricities and low-maintenance hairstyles. Although they don't live together, both opted for the adjoined house because of Burton's snore. Bonham Carter said:

"We see as much of each other as any couple, but our relationship is enhanced by knowing we have our personal space to retreat to. Tim does snore, and that's an element."

Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton arrive at the Oscars at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

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WHEN DID HELENA BONHAM CARTER BREAK UP WITH TIM BURTON, AND WHY?

In 2014, the quirky couple parted ways after more than a decade of relationship. Bonham Carter's representative stated that the movie actress and Burton would stay friends and co-parents of their children.

Neither of the exes spoke about the real reason for their breakup. However, in 2013, New York Daily reportedly published a grainy picture of Burton allegedly kissing another woman, but Bonham Carter shut down the alleged rumor.

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In 2015, Bonham Carter opened up for the first time about their breakup. She compared her breakup with Burton to a "divorce." The "Crown" actress said:

"The cruelty of divorce is extraordinary. But then you get to a point where you're like, Oh, I get this week off! Some parts are very much to be recommended."

Helena Bonham Carter attends the world premiere of "Ocean's 8" at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center on June 5, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

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WHO IS HELENA BONHAM CARTER DATING NOW?

Bonham Carter is dating Rye Dag Holmboe, a Ph.D. candidate at a London University, and both have kept their relationship low-key. She said their meeting was a "really happy accident."

The "Harry Potter" star said she randomly met Holmboe at a wedding in 2018. Little is known about her new boyfriend, but she revealed that he works as a psychoanalyst who "needs anonymity."

Helena Bonham Carter and Rye Dag Holmboe attend the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards 2019 at Claridge's Hotel on October 29, 2019 in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Bonham Carter doesn't seem to mind that she's older than her 33-year-old handsome beau, as long as they are happy with each other.

She joins the list of celebrity couples with a wide age gap in their relationships, namely Priyanka Chopra and Joe Jonas, Kim Kardashian, and Pete Davidson.

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