Kate Winslet has been through many emotional struggles before finding a man who is supportive of her.
Kate Winslet started acting at the age of 7 and by the time she was 21 she had become a household name thanks to the wild success of the Steven Spielberg film Titanic. Whilst her career took off pretty much from the get-go, her love life didn't; it took her another two decades to find the right man.
"We all want to belong to something or someone," she told Harper's Bazaar. "I've found that, but as I say it, I feel it's foolish to say it out loud. I was probably saying the same thing at 27, or 17, for that matter – but I didn't really have a clue. What I do feel, very deep within myself, is a strength that will not fail me. You have to carry on as a mother, no matter what, and that's what I've always done," she said.
She's been married since 2012 to Ned 'Rocknroll', who is Sir Richard Branson's nephew. His birth name was Edward Abel Smith in 2008, which he has gone back to. Her previous two marriages failed, but she believes that Edward is her soulmate, according to Harper's Bazaar.
They met on a holiday on a Caribbean island in 2011, where a mishap had also taken place. A tropical storm had broken out and lightning hit the house where they were staying. The fire "completely destroyed" the building, according to Sir Richard. The Oscar-winning actress, who was there with her two children, even helped carry Sir Richard's 90-year-old mother to safety, according to BBC.
The couple got engaged in the summer of 2012 and tied the knot in December 2012 in New York. It was a "private ceremony attended by her two children and a very few friends and family," says The Guardian. It was reported by HuffPost that her longtime friend Leonardo DiCaprio walked her down the aisle, but the reports were not confirmed. Her reps only confirmed the wedding and not Leonardo's role in it.
“Thank God for Ned—really. He’s just so incredibly supportive, and he’s so much fun. He’s absolutely everything to me. And to all of us," she told the Wall Street Journal in an interview.
She doesn't mince her words about her failed marriages but she is honest and authentic about her experiences. She doesn't try to sugar coat her past but she refuses to let gossip columns have a field day with her personal life. "No one really knows what has happened in my life. No one really knows why my first marriage didn’t last; no one knows why my second didn’t. And I’m proud of those silences," she told WSJ.
“I know lots of people who are not in the public eye who have gone through several marriages, I really do, and it’s just those are the cards that life dealt me. I didn’t plan on its being that way,” she told WSJ. “And f— me, it hasn’t been easy, you know.”
Before marrying Ned, she had two children. With ned, she has a son and with him a third, a son with her current husband. One thing that has shaped her experience as a woman is being a mother. She takes pride in being a strong woman for her children. She has been hurt in the past and stayed mum about her failed marriages but her "children have never seen" her "in a crumpled heap on the floor".
"I'm their mum, and I'm OK. But now I feel more anchored than ever before, and I feel that all of the experiences I've had in my life – all the good things that have arisen – will serve me really well. I never imagined I would be married for the third time at the age of 37, and it's easy for other people to judge, and for me to question my own sense of judgment. But I feel incredibly lucky. I've really learned a great deal about myself, in the last four years in particular," she told Harper's Bazaar.
She is more clear about the "pattern of past experiences" and they have shaped her. "I have so much more material to draw on for work – rubble, bricks – and I know I can carry it now. I'm not going to drop it, and if I do, I'll sift through it. Does that make any sense at all? Probably not..." she told the magazine.