When Ewan McGregor left his wife of over 20 years, Eve Mavrakis, four years ago sent waves through Hollywood.
The Scottish actor and French production designer married in 1995, after meeting on the set of British TV series Kavanagh QC. They share four daughters: Clara Mathilde, Jamiyan, Esther Rose and Anouk.
The couple cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the split. The news came after the actor was spotted kissing his own fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead in London.
Let’s take a look back at how their relationship blossomed, and the controversy surrounding it.
Dec 2016: McGregor and Winstead have been cast in the TV series fargo† Not long after, Winstead apparently has dinner at McGregor’s household and meets his family.
May 2017: There are rumors that Mavrakis and McGregor split after 22 years of marriage after Mavrakis was spotted shopping without her wedding ring.
October 2017: McGregor and Winstead are seen dining together in a London restaurant, spotted while they have a “passionate kiss.”
At the same time, Winstead announces her divorce from her 17-year-old partner, Riley Stearns. At that point, the split is amicable, but things soon get messy after her involvement with McGregor comes to light.
“Sitting here with my best friend whom I love with all my heart. We have spent our life together and every day is full of joy and warmth,” says the Scott Pilgram vs. the World writes the actress at the time in a now deleted Instagram post.
“We have decided to move forward with our marriage, but we will remain best friends and associates all our days. We are still driving or dying, just in a different way now. I love you always, Riley.”
Nov 2017: Mavrakis broke her silence on the split in a response to an Instagram photo.
One follower writes: “Can’t believe Ewan would end things with for [Winstead]† You are so much better than him!!!! Take it for every cent you can!!!!”
She replies, “What can I do?”
January 18, 2018: A then 15-year-old Esther McGregor, tells how furious she is about the split and writes about it in her song ‘Made You a Man’.
With lyrics like “I don’t know how to forgive. I don’t know if I can. Ruining me definitely made you a man… Seeing those pictures makes me cry… Happy Birthday to me , am I right ”, it is clear how his children feel about the situation.
January 2018: Shortly after Esther’s song, McGregor divorce files from Mavrakis, citing “irreconcilable differences”.
Mavrakis tells The Sun the divorce was “disappointing and upsetting”
“But my biggest concern is that our four children are okay,” she says.
February 2018: Winstead apparently break up with McGregor after being labeled a “home wrecker.”
A source tells American star “Ewan decided to throw his marriage away for Mary and now it looks like he’s lost both.”
April 2018: Winstead and McGregor are spotted together on the set of Twins Mandispel any rumors they have split.
“The way she put her arm around him as they walked out of her trailer and talked to some of the crew was sweet,” says one news reporter.
June 2018: McGregor’s daughter, Clara, criticizes Winstead via Instagram, calling her “a piece of garbage.”
“The most beautiful and talented woman on earth?” she writes in a comment under a photo of the actress posted on a fan account. “Oh man, you’re all delusional. The girl is a piece of garbage x.”
She later comments again after a user tells her it takes “two to break a marriage”.
“Yes, it took two!!” replied the model. “Mary and my father :)”
A source tells HollyWoodLife his daughters blame Winstead for “destroying their family.”
“It’s especially hard for Clara because she’s the oldest and so protective of her sisters,” they explain. “When she sees that they are hurting about this divorce, her reaction is to get angry and lash out at Mary Elizabeth.”
She takes her back negative comment in August 2018, telling The times it wasn’t her best moment.
“I was angry and upset,” she admits. “There had been a lot going on and a lot to deal with — not making excuses or anything — but yeah, it wasn’t my best moment.”
2019: McGregor tells men’s journal he feels “happier” in an interview when a reporter says he looks “lighter”.
‘Today? Unlike then?’ he responds. “I’m better. I’m happier. I think that’s true.”
January 2020: The relationship between Winstead and McGregor is still strong, with the actress gushing about how “happy” she is in an interview with Glamor UK†
“Accepting that change is a good thing and that it’s okay not to know where that change will take you” was a “big turning point”.
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June 2021: McGregor and Winstead quietly welcome a boy.
McGregor’s daughter, Clara, shared the news on Instagram on June 28. “Welcome to the world little brother ❤️ congratulations to my father and Mary – this is the greatest gift,” she captioned her post.
Ewan’s daughter Esther, 19, also posts, revealing that the baby’s name is Laurie.
“Meet my little brother who looks like a pirate. I recommend it! Welcome to the family little Laurie 🥰”, she writes in her own post.
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September 2021: McGregor yells Winstead and his kids to the… 2021 Emmys† Look above.
After kissing Winstead when… Taraji P Henson announced his Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie winsthe Halston star sends a message of love to Winstead and his children.
“Mary, I love you so much,” McGregor says, pointing to her in the audience.
“I love you so much, and we’re taking this home and leaving it to our new little boy, Laurie, and my pretty girls, who I know are watching, Clara, Esther, Jamyan and Anouk – I said I would you say hello too.”
Apr 2022: McGregor and Winstead tied the knot in a surprise ceremony on April 23.
The pair reportedly enjoyed a “delightful and joyful” wedding and celebrated with a small group of friends and family.
“They had an outdoor ceremony… The menu was farm-to-table,” a source told People†
“They are a cute couple. They are quite calm and love their life in the canyon. They often hike and go to the beach.”
June 2022: Speaking for its exclusive British GQ Shawl, McGregor made a rare but brief comment about his divorce from his ex-wife, and the impact it has had on his children.
“A divorce in a family is a bomb that explodes in everyone’s life – that of my children,” he said. “The kind of cure for that is underway.”
He also commented on the new movie he made with his 26-year-old daughter Clara, You sing loud, I sing louder.
Written and conceived by Clara, the film is loosely based on her and McGregor’s relationship. It revolves around a road trip the couple takes, where the father takes his daughter to rehab.
In the interview, McGregor recalls the moment his daughter suggested the idea to him.
“She told me she had come up with an idea to write about us. I was a little nervous at first. I didn’t know what that meant,” he says.
“I got the script while I was making Halston† I sat down to read it and I was blown away. It was a beautiful story about us,” he says, adding, “There are things that aren’t right or are crooked, but they still reflect our estrangement for a while.”
He says the ride itself is fictional, but many of the qualms and bonding moments are true.
“For a few years now, we have [the family] I’ve kind of lost her,” McGregor says. “So the storyline is about realizing that she needs the help her father is trying to give.”
McGregor adds that he was incredibly “impressed” by the emotion and humor his daughter used to tell the story.
“There’s a kind of recognition in it that made me very proud and at the same time very close to her. I had the feeling that she understood more than I thought.”
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