Why did Gillian Anderson and Peter Morgan split? Break-up re-ignites rumours of 'The Crown' actress's sexuality

In March 2012, Anderson told Out magazine about her past relationships with women and how she identifies herself as heterosexual


                            Why did Gillian Anderson and Peter Morgan split? Break-up re-ignites rumours of 'The Crown' actress's sexuality
Gillian Anderson and Peter Morgan (Getty Images)

Actress Gillian Anderson and writer Peter Morgan, who worked together for the first time on the latest season of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’, have reportedly decided to split after being together for four years.

Even though the duo never shared a home, Anderson and Morgan were one of the most glittering couples in the world of British entertainment. They were supportive of each other's careers. Morgan was often seen at Anderson's first nights, and they would frequently be spotted together on the awards season circuit in Los Angeles and London.

Anderson resides with her three children from previous relationships in London, where she has lived since 2002. Anderson married her first husband, Clyde Klotz in 1994 and was divorced in 1997. On December 29, 2004, Anderson married Julian Ozanne, a documentary filmmaker but they got separated in 2016.

In March 2012, Anderson told Out magazine about her past relationships with women. Anderson identifies as heterosexual. In an interview with the London Evening Standard in December 2014, she stated: "I am an actively heterosexual woman who celebrates however people want to express their sexuality."

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph in March 2015, Anderson said that she was not closed to the idea of entering a same-sex relationship, adding: "To me a relationship is about loving another human being; their gender is irrelevant."

Morgan married Princess Anna Carolina Schwarzenberg, daughter of Czech politician and nobleman Prince Karel Schwarzenberg, civilly in London on July 28, 1997. They have five children. They lived in Battersea, South London, until the winter of 2006 when the family moved to Vienna. They separated in 2014, and he started living in London.

Anderson and Morgan have been dating since 2016. In an interview with The Guardian in January 2020, Anderson spoke about their separate living situation saying, “My partner and I don’t live together. If we did, that would be the end of us. It works so well as it is and it feels so special when we do come together.”

"There is nothing locking us in, nothing that brings up that fear of, 'Oh gosh, I can’t leave because what will happen to the house, how will we separate?'" She added, "I start to miss the person I want to be with, which is a lovely feeling."

Despite working together on the popular television show, the couple never discussed work for the sake of their relationship. "We made a pact that we weren’t going to talk about it at all," Anderson told TV Week in an interview. "I wasn’t allowed to talk with him or express opinions about the scripts, and he wasn’t allowed to express opinions about my performance.

While Anderson and Morgan appeared to be in a happy relationship, the actress, who came out in 2012, has previously insisted their relationship was only "part long-term". "I could be with a woman next year! Part of me looks long-term. As long as there's always a back door," she told The Times.

"It’s just who I am. I have absolutely no issue with it whatsoever, and I don’t really care if other people have an issue with it," the actress said about her sexuality. "We’re all intersectional, and that is something that is only just beginning to become accepted or embraced. We’re all complicated beings. That is my truth and that is my experience," she added.

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