Bellucci-Cassel split

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Bellucci-Cassel split

The separation comes after 14 years of marriage


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Published: Sat 31 Aug 2013, 3:54 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:42 AM

Actors Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassel, one of the film industry’s most famous couples, announced last week they had separated after 14 years of marriage.

“Vincent Cassel confirms that he is separating from his wife Monica Bellucci by mutual agreement,” said a statement released by Cassel’s spokeswoman, without revealing further details.

In Italy, Bellucci’s representatives also announced the separation to an Italian press agency, confirming a story published by the French edition of Closer magazine.

Bellucci is said to be involved with a property tycoon from Azerbaijan, Telman Ismailov, according to Azerbaijani gossip website

The liaison is reportedly the cause of her separation from Cassel and dates back to 2009.

Bellucci and Cassel had reportedly been leading separate lives for some time, with each having an apartment in Paris and Rome.

“Marriage, we never know how long it will last ... Today, it works, but in a year, I don’t know,” Bellucci told an Italian women’s magazine earlier this year.

Bellucci and Cassel met while filming French film The Apartment in 1996.

They married several years later and had two daughters: Deva, 8, and Leonie, 3.

Bellucci, from Italy, has appeared in several Hollywood films including Matrix Reloaded and Terry Gilliam’s The Brothers Grimm.

Cassel shot to fame with his role as a troubled young man from the Parisian suburbs in the critically acclaimed La Haine.

He is also known for his roles in popular American films such as Ocean’s Twelve and Black Swan.

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