'GoT' star Natalie Dormer splits with fiance and co-writer Anthony Byrne after 11 years
Working on a project together seemed to have negatively impacted their relatioship and is speculated of being the major reason for their split
'Game of Thrones' star Natalie Dormer has split from her fiancé Anthony Byrne after 11 years of being together. The former couple first met on the set of 'The Tudors' in 2007 after which they got engaged in 2011 when Byrne proposed on a boat in India.
Metro reports that Dormer split with Byrne over the summer. This comes after she admitted in an interview that co-writing the 2018 thriller 'In Darkness' together had sparked "massive arguments". Dormer is generally quiet about her personal life but in an interview with New Statesman, she had seemingly confirmed the news.
While working on the film together, Dormer had accepted that their work life caused issues in their relationship, becoming so fraught that the pair were unable to work together in the same room. While promoting 'In Darkness' the couple themselves hinted at the split, reports Fox News.
"Because we didn’t have an office or anything, we were in our own home writing, and then it would all kick off because we would disagree about something fundamentally or I would be a pain in the arse and I would challenge Nat, or myself," Byrne said in an interview.
He continued, "It’s very easy to go, 'Oh, don’t worry about that, it’s going to be fine', and you have to police that and in doing so you end up being the bad guy and end up having massive arguments." Dormer also seemed to dislike working with her former beau. In an interview in 2016, she said, "I don’t know if you’ve ever been in a writing room but I wouldn’t recommend it with your other half."
Despite being private about her relationship, in 2011, Dormer discussed her how her former fiance had proposed to her, according to Bustle.
As she revealed, he proposed to her on a boat in Kerala, India. "We were on a lake in the middle of nowhere... He'll probably kill me actually, he's very private," she said. At the time of the interview, she also said, "We haven't set a date yet. Life's too busy. All my friends are engaged, having babies, buying houses... I seem to have reached that point in my life."
The actress has never been in a rush to get married. According to E!Online, Dormer gave an interview in 2014 about how she's not that invested in the idea. "It's such a thing, right? So many little girls dream about their wedding day." She continued, "But with actresses, sometimes it's the inverse, because we get to be the center of attention, looked up and down, dressed up for premieres all the time. The pull isn't quite as great."