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Ioan Gruffudd ditches his wedding ring three months after filing for divorce from wife Alice Evans


Ioan Gruffudd was pictured without his wedding ring in Santa Monica on Sunday, three months after filing for divorce from his wife Alice Evans.

The actor, 47, filed for divorce in March, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind his split from his wife of 14 years Alice, 49, and was previously spotted not wearing his gold band. 

And Ioan appeared to not be letting the breakdown of his marriage get him down as he soaked up the sun on the beach.  

Over: The actor, 47, filed for divorce in March, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind his split from his wife of 14 years, 49, and was previously spotted not wearing his gold band

Moving on: Ioan Gruffudd was pictured without his wedding ring in Santa Monica on Sunday, three months after filing for divorce from his wife Alice Evans

Making things official: Ioan's divorce papers cite irreconcilable differences as the reason behind his split from his wife Alice (pictured in happier times)

Making things official: Ioan’s divorce papers cite irreconcilable differences as the reason behind his split from his wife Alice (pictured in happier times)

The Harrow star showed off his impressive physique as he went shirtless on the beach trip. 

Ditching his ring: The actor stepped out without his wedding band amid his divorce

Ditching his ring: The actor stepped out without his wedding band amid his divorce 

Ioan donned a pair of navy palm tree shorts for the outing and it wasn’t long until the Welsh actor headed into the sea for a splash around. 

Despite his ongoing divorce troubles, Ioan looked like he didn’t have a care in the world as he was pictured laughing and smiling during the solo outing. 

The actor’s abs were on full display as he ran his hands through his hair to cool off in the balmy climes.  

Back in January, Ioan’s estranged wife Alice revealed she and the actor they were breaking up after 20 years in a shock Twitter statement and claimed he ‘mentally tortured’ her. 

The thespian has been taking to social media regularly to update fans on the split and, in a recent post, shared a picture of an columnist article on her page.  

The piece slammed her for opening up about her painful break-up from Gruffudd so publicly and commented on how it could affect her children in the years to come. 

Hitting back, Alice said her daughters Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven, had no idea about their public profile and ‘probably never will’. 

She wrote: ‘You know what they ARE upset about though? That their Dad walked out and abandoned them out of the blue. Without explanation.’  

All over: Back in January, Ioan's estranged wife Alice revealed she and the actor they were breaking up after 20 years in a shock Twitter statement and claimed he 'mentally tortured' her

Split: Gruffudd's divorce papers cite irreconcilable differences as the reason behind his split from his wife of 14 years, Alice

All over: Back in January, Ioan’s estranged wife Alice revealed she and the actor they were breaking up after 20 years in a shock Twitter statement and claimed he ‘mentally tortured’ her

Speaking out:  It comes after Alice continued to hit back at online critics in March while insisting the Welsh actor is not the man many admiring fans perceive him to be

Speaking out:  It comes after Alice continued to hit back at online critics in March while insisting the Welsh actor is not the man many admiring fans perceive him to be

Vocal: Taking to Instagram, Alice defended her right to speak out against the 47-year old heartthrob after previously accusing him of abandonment

Vocal: Taking to Instagram, Alice defended her right to speak out against the 47-year old heartthrob after previously accusing him of abandonment

'Their dad abandoned them': Back in January, Alice revealed she and the actor they were breaking up after 20 years in a shock Twitter statement and claimed he 'mentally tortured' her

‘Their dad abandoned them’: Back in January, Alice revealed she and the actor they were breaking up after 20 years in a shock Twitter statement and claimed he ‘mentally tortured’ her

Alice also accused her estranged husband of ‘winding the s**t up me’ as she posted a vitriolic video about their ‘collaborative divorce’ talks.      

She said: ‘I have been served with a petition for divorce and it’s came out of the blue and I won’t cry. But we’ve been 20 years together, we have two amazing kids. I don’t know why.

‘At the moment we’re doing something called collaborative divorce which is somewhere between a really kind way of doing divorce and a phenomenal scam.

‘Because in one way it’s “okay, let’s hear what you would want and take it to the court afterwards” and in another way it’s like, people in the acting business will know when an agent says to you “we just can’t find you the roles”. 

Actor: Ioan first came to public attention as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in Titanic, and then for his portrayal of Horatio Hornblower in the Hornblower series of television films

Three months on: Ioan filed for divorce on March 1

Actor: Ioan first came to public attention as Fifth Officer Harold Lowe in Titanic, and then for his portrayal of Horatio Hornblower in the Hornblower series of television films

‘It’s a bit like, I’d like my daughter to stay with me on Saturday nights, “it’s just not within our possibilities”.

The TV and film star then insisted he misled her with collaborative divorce, adding: ‘And then I read nothing is binding in collaborative, absolutely nothing.

‘So if I want my daughter to stay one more night in my house, the court hasn’t said anything so I can do it. So my husband is winding the s**t up me, saying what he says is the law, well we haven’t got to the law yet. 

‘Lawyers aren’t the law. Lawyers are there to f*** the law. That’s what I always said. Anyway I may have some more thoughts later.’

Gruffudd’s divorce papers cite irreconcilable differences as the reason behind his split from his wife of 14 years, Alice.    

Soaking up the sun: Ioan set up a deck chair for a spot of sunbathing

Soaking up the sun: Ioan set up a deck chair for a spot of sunbathing 

The couple met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000, when Alice was in a relationship with Pablo Picasso’s grandson Olivier.

The pair became engaged six years later after she gave him an ultimatum about their relationship, and tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Mexico in September 2007. 

Gruffudd recently stepped out without his wedding band for the first time.  

Still friends: In February, Alice insisted she and the actor 'are still friends' and confirmed that they were pressing ahead with discussions over a 'legal separation' (pictured in 2018)

Still friends: In February, Alice insisted she and the actor ‘are still friends’ and confirmed that they were pressing ahead with discussions over a ‘legal separation’ (pictured in 2018)

The document, which was filed Los Angeles Superior Court on March 1, also reveals the former couple separated on New Year’s Day – a month before they went public with their relationship status.    

The papers state the exes are in a ‘collaborative process and intend to resolve all issues including spousal support by written agreement’ – which mirrors their joint statement about their shock break-up.   

They said: ‘As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for our family and we remain committed to our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy.’   

Family: The estranged couple married in 2007 and share daughters Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven, together (pictured in June 2018)

Family: The estranged couple married in 2007 and share daughters Ella, 11 and Elsie, seven, together (pictured in June 2018)



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