Helena Bonham Carter’s rep released a statement to People about the couple parting ways.
“[The couple] separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children. We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time.”
Helena and Tim have collaborated on many projects together throughout the years. The actress met the eccentric film director on the set of his film Planet of the Apes. Following that film, the two reunited on many of Burton’s works including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and the panned film Dark Shadows.
Before Carter signed up for Planet of the Apes, Burton told her that he had her in mind from the very start.
“Don’t take this the wrong way, but you are the first person I thought of to be the chimp.”
She told the Guardian that she missed seeing Sweeney Todd when it was released.
“I missed the boat with that one. I didn’t want to go to the cinema because I was pregnant with Nell and I was exhausted and my mum was in hospital and I hate watching myself anyway. But then, later on, me and Johnny made a pact that we should watch it for Tim’s sake. So we made a date and we arranged a screening. And then, Johnny being Johnny, he pulled out an hour before.”
The couple share two children together, Billy, 11, and Nell, 7. As for their assets, they share two homes in Belsize Park in London.
Curiously enough, in 2013 Tim Burton was allegedly photographed kissing a blonde woman. At the time, his partner Helena came to his defense and her rep told E! the following.
“This is absolutely nonsense. The pictures were taken whist they were out and the large group includes family, friends, and work colleagues.”
Fans of the couple haven’t reacted well to the news.
People are REALLY sad about the Helena Bonham Carter/Tim Burton split.
— Andrew Sims (@sims) December 23, 2014
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton have split up love is not real the world is going to end — sa(tan)nta (@festivedormer) December 23, 2014
People are all shocked that Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter broke up but that’s literally the most normal thing they’ve ever done.
— Tweets by Dreidel (@OhNoSheTwitnt) December 23, 2014
HELENA BONHAM CARTER AND TIM BURTON SPLIT UP THIS IS SO SAD I HOPE THEY STILL MAKE MOVIES TOGETHER — Luke Livermore (@luke_livermore) December 23, 2014
Just seen the news about Helena Bonham-Carter and Tim Burton. Who the HELL is gonna play his female leads now.
— Juliet Mushens (@mushenska) December 23, 2014