Who is Adeline? How Armie Hammer-Elizabeth Chambers marriage ended over letters from a 'mystery woman'
Armie Hammer’s marriage went into a nose-dive in the fall of 2019 after his wife, Elizabeth Chambers, found passionate texts and letters from a mystery woman who signed herself ‘Adeline’. Interestingly, around the same time as the apparent casual affair, Armie was shooting the movie, ‘Rebecca’, released on Netflix, with co-star Lily James.
For an already strained marriage, this was probably the final straw for Chambers and on July 10, they both released an identical statement announcing their split, writing, “Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents. It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage. As we enter into this next chapter, our children and relationship as co-parents and dear friends will remain our priority. We understand this news lends itself to public dialogue, but in the interest of our children and our family, we’re asking for privacy, compassion and love during this time.”
According to divorce papers, they each listed a different separation date, which could impact the alimony Hammer has to pay out if they were indeed married less than 10 years. The pair married in May 2010. But before Armie Hammer, Lily James’s name was was associated with another married actor, Dominic West. Lily’s intimate break with new co-star Dominic West in Rome became the subject of frenzied international speculation after they were photographed in several compromising clinches.
The actors were spotted sharing a steamy kiss in Rome, Italy, on October 11 while they were in Europe filming their TV mini-series, ‘The Pursuit of Love’. Although Adeline’s real identity is a mystery, the name was first christened on the sets of ‘Rebecca’. Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel has no first name, James was referred to as Adeline on the movie call sheets and on her trailer, sources claim. Adeline also happens to be the name of a character in another du Maurier novel, ‘Hungry Hill’.
The Daily Mail reported that Lily James, 31, seemed to be flirting with her then married co-star Hammer, 34, even though she knew the father-of-two was happily married to Elizabeth Chambers, 38.
At the time, former 'Downton Abbey' star James’ relationship with her longtime boyfriend, actor Matt Smith, 37, had been cooling and observers said the beauty appeared to be ‘smitten’ with Hammer from the moment she laid eyes on him.
A source told the Daily Mail, “She was not subtle. And he was into it, no doubt about it. She was touching him constantly, giving him long smoldering looks.” It added, “While he was filming, he chose to have weeks away in the English countryside instead of returning to see his family who were also in the UK. This is all very typical of him.”
Hammer and James began filming Netflix’s adaptation of the Gothic novel Rebecca in the UK in June of 2019, shooting in Devon, Dorset and Hertfordshire.