One of Hollywood’s most quirky couples – definitely the most eye-catching on any red carpet – has split up.
Reps confirm that director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter have ended their 13-year relationship. They had never married.
They “separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children,” a rep for Carter told People. “We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time.”
Burton, 56, and Carter, 48, met while filming “Planet of the Apes” in 2001. Their romance flourished through a number of film projects together, including “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
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They have two children together, Billy, 11, and daughter Nell, 7.
The two were known to have a stormy working relationship.
About the making of “Sweeney Todd,” which came out in 2007, Burton said: “We’ve survived (as a couple), but it hasn't always been easy. Sweeney Todd was the worst; definitely the worst. But then I found out she was pregnant with Nell and it kind of all made sense.”
Last year the couple battled rumors of an affair when Burton was photographed with another women after an alleged “date” in London.