Alice Evans has deleted her Twitter account in the wake of her split from husband Ioan Gruffudd.
The 50-year-old actress reportedly set her account to private over the weekend before appearing to delete it entirely, with a search for the star’s Twitter handle pulling up the message: ‘This account doesn’t exist.’
Gruffudd and Evans, who met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000 and married in Mexico in 2007, confirmed their separation in January 2021 after the actress took to Twitter to announce that her husband was ‘leaving the family’.
In a tweet that was deleted shortly after publication, she wrote: ‘My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week. Me and our young daughters girls [sic] are very confused and sad.
‘We haven’t been given a reason except that he ‘no longer loves me’. I’m so sorry.’
The pair, who share daughters Ella Betsi, 12, and Elsie Marigold, eight, then issued a joint statement to People, reading: ‘As you can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for our family and we remain committed to our children. Thank you for respecting our privacy.’
After Gruffudd filed for divorce in March, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’, Evans spoke out, claiming she didn’t know he had made the move to end their 13-year marriage.
Alongside a photo of an article, the actress commented: ‘Oh. Ok. Thanks for letting me know. I guess?’
She also defended her right to speak publicly about the split on Instagram, chafing against advice she’d been given to ‘accept it [the situation] ‘with dignity’’.
Gruffudd has since moved on with new girlfriend Bianca Wallace – who is believed to be 29 – sharing a photo of them together on Instagram in October, with Evans flashing her wedding ring-less hand to photographers shortly afterwards.
The Vampire Diaries actress previously called Twitter an ‘outlet’ for her to speak to other women in similar situations, while explaining why she decided to share details of her marriage problems online.
In a column she penned for the Daily Mail, Evans spoke about the difficulties she faced being in lockdown in Los Angeles without any family and friends as she looked after the couple’s daughters.
With her claiming Gruffudd’s lawyers urged her to stop ‘airing her laundry in public,’ the actress wrote: ‘It might seem odd, but the more I was pushed, prodded, told to get in line, the more the lawyers told me not to talk, the more I felt like doing it.
‘Talking to Twitter helped me get perspective. Women from all over the world would message me to say they’d had similar experiences. Without this outlet, I might truly have lost my mind.’
After Evans gave a candid interview to Lorraine Kelly in November, the presenter expressed concern for the actress as she confessed she ‘thought she might do herself harm’ during the split from her ex.
Branding herself a ‘smug married’ ahead of their split, the actress revealed: ‘He [Gruffudd] told me within the first few days, “I just don’t love you anymore.” Look, I’m not questioning his right to feel that. I’m not bashing him, but it was so out of the blue…’
‘He just kept saying, “I’m sorry, I don’t feel the same way for you anymore. I might leave, I might not leave.”’
Alice went on to say: ‘Eventually, I thought I might do myself harm… My friends just didn’t know what to say to me. At one point I just thought I’m gonna lose my mind.’
Expressing her concern, Lorraine replied: ‘I’m just I’m just worried about you. Because obviously you’re very fragile, and it’s a difficult, horrible situation to be in. Absolutely hellish.
‘I just wish you were here so that I could give you a hug,’ she added.