Ben Mendelsohn, one of the stars of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and his wife, Emma Forrest, are divorcing after four-and-a-half years of marriage. Forrest cited irreconcilable differences in her divorce petition filed only seven days after the latest installment of the Star Wars series opened. Mendelsohn, 47, an Australian actor, played the role of Orson Krennic in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Forrest previously dated actor Colin Farrell and is the author of Your Voice In My Head.
Forrest is asking for spousal support and physical custody of their 3-year-old daughter. The couple separated on December 1, 2016, after having married in June 2012. Mendelsohn also has a daughter from a previous relationship. The last event the couple reportedly attended together was in February 2016 at the Vanity Fair Oscar’s after party. Forrest, 40, did not attend the premiere of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” She was also nowhere to be seen during the recent promotional tour for the film.
Mendelsohn has battled heavy drug use and had a series of unsuccessful relationships with high-profile women such as actress Justine Clarke and billionaire James Packer’s ex-girlfriend Kate Fischer. The actor achieved overnight success playing multiple roles during the early nineties, including a role in The Dark Knight Rises. It was at this time that the actor began heavily using drugs and alcohol.
At the after party of The Piano premiere in 1993, Mendelsohn was reportedly found in a comatose state to which he later commented that he “just gave way to excessive hedonism.” Based on his troubled youth, Mendelsohn has stated, “I probably didn’t come from a particularly great template for relationship building.” He added further that “the vagaries of the job don’t help either.”
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