When Ewan McGregor left his wife of over 20 years, Eve Mavrakis, four years ago, it sent waves through Hollywood.
The Scottish actor and the French production designer married in 1995, after meeting on the set of British TV series Kavanagh QC. They share four daughters: Clara Mathilde, Jamiyan, Esther Rose and Anouk.
The couple cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason behind the split. The news came after the actor was spotted kissing his Fargo co-star Mary Elizabeth Winstead in London.
Let’s take a look back at how their relationship blossomed, and the controversy that surrounded it.
December 2016: McGregor and Winstead are cast in the TV series Fargo. Not long after, Winstead apparently has dinner at the McGregor household and meets his family.
May 2017: Rumours circulate that Mavrakis and McGregor have split after 22 years of marriage after Mavrakis is spotted shopping without her wedding ring.
October 2017: McGregor and Winstead are seen having dinner together in a London restaurant, spotted sharing a “passionate kiss.”
At the same time, Winstead announces her separation from her partner of 17 years, Riley Stearns. At the time, the split is amicable but soon gets messy after her involvement with McGregor is revealed.
“Sitting here with my best friend who I love with all my heart. We have spent our lives together and it has been full of joy and warmth every day,” the Scott Pilgram vs The World actress writes at the time in a since-deleted Instagram post.
“We’ve decided to move on from our marriage, but we will stay best friends and collaborators for all our days. We are still ride or die, just in a different way now. I love you always, Riley.”
November 2017: Mavrakis breaks her silence over the split in a comment left on an Instagram picture.
A follower writes: “I can’t believe Ewan would end things with for [Winstead]. U are so much better than him!!!! Take him for every penny u can!!!!”
She responds: “What can I do?”
January 18, 2018: A then 15-year-old Esther McGregor, expresses how furious she is over the split, writing about it in her song ‘Made You a Man.’
With the lyrics like “I don’t know how to forgive. I don’t know if I can. Ruining me sure made you a man…Seeing those pictures, they’re making me cry… Happy Birthday to me, am I right,” it is clear how his children are feeling about the situation.
January 2018: Shortly after Esther’s song, McGregor files for divorce from Mavrakis, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason.
Mavrakis tells The Sun the separation was “disappointing and upsetting”
“But my main concern is our four children are okay,” she says.
February 2018: Winstead apparently breaks up with McGregor after being labelled a “homewrecker.”
A source tells US Star “Ewan decided to throw his marriage away for Mary and now it looks like he’s lost both.”
April 2018: Winstead and McGregor are spotted together on the set of Gemini Man, dispelling any rumours they’ve split.
“The way that she had her arm wrapped around him as they walked out of her trailer and chatted with some of the crew was sweet,” says a reporter.
June 2018: McGregor’s daughter, Clara, slams Winstead via Instagram, calling her “a piece of trash.”
“Most beautiful and talented woman on earth?” she writes in a comment under a photo of the actress posted to a fan account. “Oh man y’all are delusional. The girl is a piece of trash x.”
She later comments again after a user tells her it “takes two to break up a marriage.”
“Yup it took two!!” the model replied. “Mary & my father :)”
A source tells HollyWoodLife his daughters blame Winstead for “destroying their family.”
“It’s especially hard for Clara because she’s the oldest and so protective of her sisters,” they explain. “When she sees them hurting over this divorce, her response is to get angry and lash out at Mary Elizabeth.”
“I was angry and upset,” she admits. “There had been a lot building up to it and a lot to deal with — not to make excuses or anything — but, yeah, it wasn’t my finest moment.”
2019: McGregor tells Men’s Journal he’s feeling “happier” in an interview when a reporter says he looks “lighter.”
“Today? As opposed to then?” he responds. “I am better. I am happier. I think that’s true.”
January 2020: Winstead and McGregor’s relationship is still going strong, with the actress gushing about how “happy” she is in an interview with Glamour UK.
“Accepting that change is a good thing and that it’s OK not to know where that change is going to take you” was a “big turning point.”
June 2021: McGregor and Winstead quietly welcome a baby boy.
McGregor’s daughter, Clara, shares the news via Instagram on June 28. “Welcome to the world little brother ❤️ congratulations to my Dad & Mary — this is the greatest gift,” she captions her post.
Ewan’s daughter Esther, 19, also posts, revealing the baby’s name is Laurie.
“Met my little brother looking like a pirate. I recommend! Welcome to the family little Laurie 🥰,” she writes in her own post.
September 2021: McGregor shouts out Winstead and his children at the 2021 Emmys. Watch above.
After kissing Winstead when Taraji P Henson announced his Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie win, the Halston star sends a message of love to Winstead and his children.
“Mary, I love you so much,” McGregor says as he points to her in the audience.
“I love you so much, and we’ll take this home and show it to our new little boy, Laurie, and to my beautiful girls, who I know are watching, Clara, Esther, Jamyan and Anouk — I said I would say hello to you too.”
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