Sam Claflin spoke candidly about his emotional turmoil and his journey with therapy after divorcing wife Laura Haddock.
The couple separated in 2019 after six years of marriage and eight years together and vowed to co-parent son Pip, six, and daughter Margot, four.
Shortly after they split, the UK was plunged into lockdown and Sam confessed in a candid chat with GQ magazine that he struggled to cope with caring for their young children.
He said of their divorce: ‘It’s a horrendous thing to go through. Every break-up is difficult, and obviously having kids makes it even more. During Covid I really f***ing struggled with the kids and, mentally, where my life was.’
Yet his personal experience helped with his most recent role in Daisy Jones & The Six, where he plays a singer struggling with marital strife.
Opening up: Sam Claflin spoke candidly about his emotional turmoil and his journey with therapy after divorcing wife Laura Haddock in a candid chat with GQ magazine
He went on to note it was the first time he found it easy to cry on screen, explaining: ‘These emotions are still quite raw for me. I can just take from that and put myself in this situation because I lived through it.’
Sam also spoke candidly about talking through his struggles with confidence, admitting that he had assumed that he was cast in the role because they’d seen everyone else and ‘just had to make do,’ telling the magazine: ‘I’m working on this in therapy.’
He added: ‘One of the reasons I became an actor is that I always want people to like me. I think it’s only recently dawned on me that I try so hard to make other people happy that I don’t know who I am.’
Sam, 36, and Guardians of the Galaxy star Laura, 37, announced their split in a joint Instagram post in August 2019.
Sam penned: ‘Laura and I have decided to legally separate. We will move forward with nothing but love, friendship and a deep respect for one another whilst we continue to raise our family together.
‘We won’t be commenting on this further. Thank you in advance for your support and respecting our privacy at this time. Both of us x’
The couple first met back in 2011 at an audition and claimed it was love at first sight, with the Peaky Blinders star declaring he knew he wanted to marry ‘perfect’ Laura the moment he clapped eyes on her.
Sam is now in a relationship with Leonardo DiCaprio’s ex Cassie Amato, 28, while Laura is dating her White Lines co-star Tom Rhys Harries, 30.
Sad news: Sam and Laura separated in 2019 after six years of marriage and eight years together and vowed to co-parent son Pip, six, and daughter Margot, four
Sam has been on the promotional tour for Daisy Jones & The Six, admitting that he was ‘out of depth’ when he was cast as Billy Dunne.
The actor confessed he hadn’t heard of the Taylor Jenkins Reid book the series is based on and described becoming an onscreen rockstar as ‘a very huge learning curve’.
Daisy Jones & The Six’s lead role is played by Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, who Sam praised for helping him during filming.
In addition to the rock ‘n’ roll influence that the cast brings, the characters and show’s storylines were inspired by music’s most famous stars and their chaotic lives.
The series is based on The New York Times bestseller written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, who has revealed that Fleetwood Mac served as a huge inspiration for the novel.
She specifically wanted to capture the dynamic between lead singers Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham in her two lead characters, Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne.
While their incredible chemistry catapulted Fleetwood Mac into the top of the charts, their passionate and at times toxic relationship ultimately lead to the band’s demise.
Jenkins Reid has also drawn inspiration from other rock ‘n’ roll legends like Joni Mitchell, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Linda Ronstadt, Jimi Hendrix and the Eagles in writing the novel.
The series explores solo artist Daisy Jones (Keough) who is matched with the band, The Six. Together, they become a huge hit soon after their formation in the 1970s, but with success comes complications that eventually cause the band to split.
Decades later, members of Daisy Jones & The Six reunite to tell the full story of how the band ‘imploded at the height of its powers.’
Read the full feature online at GQ Hype now
Candid: Shortly after they split, the UK was plunged into lockdown and Sam confessed in a candid chat with GQ magazine that he struggled to cope with caring for their young children
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