Happily ever after 'is bonkers'

Emma Thompson has said the idea that couples can live happily ever after is "bonkers" .

Emma Thompson has had her heart broken many times
Emma Thompson has had her heart broken many times

The Hollywood star, who has been married twice, said she has had her " heart broken quite a lot".

The actress told Radio Times: " For me, broken means that feeling of 'I will never ever recover from this'.

" The notion of 'happily ever after' is bonkers. People aren't honest because of the desire to maintain the romantic ideal.

"Recently, I was talking about Alan Rickman's adulterous role in Love Actually and I got into trouble for daring to ask 'Don't you think we might have become desperately punitive about monogamy?'. And, my goodness, the furore I provoked!"

Emma's first marriage, to fellow actor Kenneth Branagh, ended in 1995. She married Greg Wise after they met during filming on Sense And Sensibility and the couple have a daughter and an adopted son.

She said: "I avoid weddings because I don't like parties. Having said that, I enjoyed both my weddings - very different though they were. My grandmother used to say your heart is no good until it's been broken 10 times. I know what she means: the cicatrices shape the way in which you navigate all your relationships."

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