Beleaguered actor Ioan Gruffudd made his first public appearance with new girlfriend Bianca Wallace on Saturday, almost a year after estranged wife Alice Evans confirmed their 14-year marriage is over.
The Welsh star, 48, was arm-in-arm with Bianca, 29, as they passed a Los Angeles park before calling into a local convenience store, where he was seen purchasing a lottery ticket.
Gruffudd, whose relationship with the Australian actress was confirmed in October, adhered to current health and safety guidelines by wearing a protective face covering during his latest appearance in southern California.
Stepping out: Beleaguered actor Ioan Gruffudd made his first public appearance with new girlfriend Bianca Wallace on Saturday, almost a year after estranged wife Alice Evans confirmed their 14-year marriage is over
Arm-in-arm: The Welsh star, 48, was arm-in-arm with Bianca as they passed a Los Angeles park before calling into a local convenience store, where he was seen purchasing a lottery ticket
Gruffudd’s estranged wife Alice confirmed her separation from the Welsh star in a string of furious tweets posted in January, and has since documented every toxic turn in their subsequent divorce proceedings across social media.
Evans, who shares daughters Ella, 12, and Elsie, eight with the actor, is now adjusting to life on her own after he publicly confirmed a new relationship with his Harrow co-star on Instagram, a move she described as ‘every woman’s nightmare.’
Gruffudd filed for divorce in March, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind their split.
The document, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on March 1, revealed the former couple separated on New Year’s Day – a month before they went public with their relationship status.
Safety first: Gruffudd, whose relationship with the Australian actress was confirmed in October, adhered to current health and safety guidelines by wearing a protective face covering during his latest appearance in southern California
Keeping warm: Bianca kept warm beneath a padded white jacket teamed with clinging leggings and black trainers
At the time, they had shared a joint statement that read: ‘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.’
It was also reported the divorce papers state the exes are in a ‘collaborative process and intend to resolve all issues including spousal support by written agreement’.
Last month, Alice claimed Bianca ‘ruined her life’ in a scathing social media post.
Hitting back at trolls claiming they’re defending the actress, the star took to Instagram to share a playful snap, along with a caption claiming Bianca was ‘a b***h who manifested Ioan away from their daughters.’
Alice claimed the pair had been embroiled in a three-year affair – which has been denied by a friend of the couple.
Posting a selfie of her filtered complexion, Alice furiously branded Bianca the ‘stealer of her husband,’ before claiming she ‘made her child cry.’
The actress furiously hit back at trolls who attempted to defend Bianca’s behaviour, claiming she ‘manifested’ Ioan against their two daughters.
Chatting away: The loved-up couple appeared deep in conversation as they strolled on the west coast with Ioan keeping the sunshine at bay behind sunglasses
Her caption read: ‘Hey Bianca Mae Wallace, stealer of my husband, ruined of the life I’d worked so hard to achieve and also person who makes my kid cry -aperson I will never forget ever.
‘Anyway somebody alerted me tonight that whenever I posted a relatively cute pic of myself on ivstagram, within about 19 minutes emergered a sock account pretending to be on ”Bianca’s side.”
‘Although how one could be on the side side if a total b***h who manifested a father away from two lyrics girls who ducking ADORED him then I do not know, except to say that this person is completely devoid of human empathy.
‘Good luck, Ioan. And oh, let’s see what this pic brings out. I was tempted to out a picture of Bianca next to one of mine ( after all the ‘youre 50! Give up! You’re so fat!). But I didn’t. Because that’s not my way. How do you like THIS one, BB?’ [sic]
No coat: Not phased by the chilly California weather, Ioan chose not to wear a coat when he stepped out over the weekend
Off they go: After popping into a shop the two went on with their day and temporarily unlinked arms
Earlier that evening, Alice had taken to social media to thank her followers for their support, writing: ‘Night folks. Another tough day. But slowly getting there.
‘You are my Angels. Thank you for giving me the strength to do what I am doing.. which gets me through! Love you all.’
Since publicly sharing that she and Ioan had split in January, Alice has shared many blistering tweets taking aim at his new girlfriend Bianca.
Sharing a snap of Bianca posted on September 12, Alice wrote: ‘How to be a good Mistress, Part One: 1) Don’t send out silly face-tuned Instagrams like this when you’re semi-naked and horse-teethed telling people ”I’m just going to miss the dog” BULL. S**T. You’re going to sleep with my husband.’
Another fan highlighted Ioan and Bianca’s relationship confirmation on Instagram, writing: ‘All they had to do was not post a photo bragging about it. So simple. Common effing sense.’
Alice responded: ‘It’s the fatal flaw. It shows that she just couldn’t wait. (patience is the only real virtue my husband had and he has it in spades) But By God she must be good. To convince him to post a life-wrecking simple post like that. Just for her.’
Alice also reposted a now-deleted tweet which showed Bianca had liked a family photo of Ioan and Alice with their children back in 2019.
Hairstyles: Ioan wore his hair swept from his face while Bianca wore her raven tresses loose
Raging: Alice Evans previously claimed that her estranged husband’s girlfriend Bianca ‘ruined her life’ in a scathing post
Furious: Hitting back at trolls claiming they’re defending the actress, the star claimed Bianca was ‘a b***h manifested Ioan away from their daughters’
New love: Ioan recently went public with his new girlfriend Bianca, after Alice claiming the pair had been embroiled in a three-year affair – which has been denied by a friend of the couple
Grateful: Earlier that evening, Alice had taken to social media to thank her followers for their support
Open: She penned a caption praising her ‘angel’ followers for ‘giving her strength’ in the wake of her split from Ioan
Post: Sharing a snap of Bianca posted on September 12, Alice wrote: ‘How to be a good Mistress, Part One’
Oh no: Alice also reposted a now-deleted tweet which showed Bianca had liked a family photo of Ioan and Alice with their children back in 2019
Last month, Alice admitted during an appearance on Lorraine that she considered harming herself after husband Ioan abruptly ended their 14-year marriage, and admits she has a ‘very long and messy divorce’ ahead of her.
Evans admitted she feared the worst when he returned to the family home in Los Angeles after filming his new show Harrow in Australia.
She said: ‘He came back, hugged the kids, he very dryly gave me a kiss on the cheek and that was when I knew something was wrong.
‘We’d been together 20 years. I was one of those very complacent – what’s the Bridget Jones phrase? Smug married. And I think these are things like, just with other things, one can go through like loss of a parent or infertility, you don’t know what it’s like until it happens to you.
‘I thought it was never going to happen to me. He told me within the first few days – I just don’t love you anymore.
‘And look, I’m not questioning his right to feel that – I’m not bashing him – but it was so out of the blue and then for about four months we just continued here and he just kept saying, ”I’m sorry, I don’t feel the same way for you anymore. I might leave, I might not leave.”’
Family: The former couple share two daughters – Ella, 12 and Elsie, eight
Devastated: It comes after Alice said she considered harming herself after husband Ioan abruptly ended their 14-year marriage, and admits she has a ‘very long and messy divorce’ ahead of her
She added: ‘And I eventually got to the point where I’d been on my own for the whole pandemic with my two kids. I’ve looked after them for ten years when he’s mostly filmed for those ten years, outside of Los Angeles. So I was here and he was here but he wouldn’t talk to me, wouldn’t look at me, and went to sleep in the spare room.
‘Eventually, I thought I might do myself harm.
‘I spoke to my friends and they kept saying, ”This is not like him, this just doesn’t sound right”. I think I bored [them] and my friends just didn’t know what to say to me, and at one point I just thought, ”I am going to lose my mind”.
‘And I just tweeted, ”He’s leaving us” And then all hell broke loose…’
Emotional: Evans broke down as she shared her mental anguish during a remote appearance on Lorraine
Evans has divided followers since going public with the split, but she insists she has no regrets in her willingness to share personal details regarding the nature of her relationship with Gruffudd, including their sex life, as she comes to terms with the collapse of their marriage.
She said: ‘His reaction wasn’t good. Initially, I think no one had ever really done this before and I would say the reaction was about 50:50.
‘You know, there were a lot of people who were angry with me and almost didn’t believe me, which is kind of weird when you think about it because it’s a pretty strange thing to make up if I’m suddenly going to be 20 years with someone and then make up some idea that he’s left me, he’s leaving us, when he hadn’t.
‘A lot of people were shocked and there was so much talk of a dignified silence. And I’m going to do this [makes quotation marks with her fingers], because I don’t know how you can describe a dignified silence when I’m talking about my entire life falling to pieces around me.’
No regrets: Evans has divided followers since going public with the split, but she insists she has no regrets in her willingness to share personal details regarding the nature of her relationship with Gruffudd
She added: ‘I think people use that phrase a lot but as time went on, because I did stop tweeting – because I was told legally not to – and then I went back to it.
‘It’s sort of, kind of a messy story, but I think as people understood what had happened, I would say support is now about 80 or 90 [per cent] in favour of me. Not in favour of me against him, but in favour of me speaking out and understanding why I’m doing it.’
Gruffudd announced his new relationship with Wallace in October, and Evans says she has had no contact from her estranged husband since then.
She said: ‘He’ll only talk to me through lawyers. If he’s talking to the children on face time, he’ll move away and call the lawyers. I don’t know why.’
She is also adamant that her husband’s relationship with Wallace, his Harrow co-star, began long before the very public collapse of their marriage.
‘It’s very bizarre because as a lot of people know, he insisted, I think I’m OK to say this, he insisted until two weeks ago that there was nobody else,’ she added.
New romance: Wallace, pictured here in an undated Instagram post, worked with Gruffudd on location in Australia
Starring role: Gruffudd in a still from Harrow. Evans claims it was during a break from the show that he ended their marriage
‘My phone pinged and said he has unblocked you on Instagram. I thought maybe he wants to talk. It was announced by him and his mistress that they were a couple on Instagram two weeks ago. I looked at the picture and it said something like finally someone who can make me happy.
‘People from his set in Australia were saying so glad you guys are finally out and you’re happy. I was slayed. This is my husband.
‘I think I was owed more than an Instagram after 20 years of marriage and two children. I feel like a bit of an idiot as well. I’m pretty sure this has been going on for quite a while. It’s not somebody he’s just met now.’
Speaking out: Alice has been vocal about the divorce on social media and hit back at those criticising her for speaking out so publicly about the split
Evans currently remains at the family home in Los Angeles with their two daughters, but admits she might be forced to move as a consequence of her ongoing divorce from their father.
She said: ‘I don’t know because we have a very messy and long divorce ahead of us. Divorce lawyers in America are terrifying people.
‘I don’t know if I’m going to be able to stay here in the house. Initially o teas going to be an amicable divorce but it’s gotten quite nasty now and I don’t know why.’
Thanking Lorraine for allowing her the opportunity to talk about the split, she said: ‘[It’s been] very tough, but I just wanted to say thank you for having me on and letting me speak a little bit about what’s being going on which is pretty much every woman’s nightmare.’
Proud mother: Evans currently remains at the family home in Los Angeles with their two daughters, but admits she might be forced to move as a consequence of her ongoing divorce
Evans previously claimed she was was ‘heartbroken’ and felt ‘dead’ after Ioan went Instagram official with Bianca, prompting her to accuse him of having a three-year romance.
Last month a friend and co-worker of Ioan denied his estranged wife’s claims that he had a three-year affair with his now-girlfriend Bianca.
In a series of tweets, wardrobe assistant Amy Douglas, who worked with Ioan and Bianca on the Australian series Harrow, accused Alice herself of being ‘abusive,’ and insisted they didn’t begin speaking until filming for series three began in 2020.
Amy, who said Ioan and Bianca gave her permission to speak out, defended her pals after Alice accused her estranged husband of cheating on her for three years with the Australian actress, who is 21 years her junior, telling fans she was ‘lost, sad and confused.’
In her first tweet, Amy responded to a fans’ claim that Ioan and Bianca’s romance began while they were filming Harrow, clarifying that the actress was simply an extra and the pair didn’t begin speaking until season three, which was recorded in 2020.
She wrote: ‘[Bianca was] an extra and didn’t have contact with him in season two, I know because I was there as crew. Season three yes, but they only started talking towards the end.’
She added: ‘I am also her friend and I KNOW they didn’t, as I said they didn’t even speak to each other until the end of season three. Don’t buy into the lies you are being fed.’
All over: Gruffudd filed for divorce in March, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind their split
Amy continued: ‘Being her friend I KNOW it didn’t happen. I know her as a person and her principals. You do not. So don’t believe everything you’re fed by manipulating people who try to make themselves the victim and ruin other people’s reputations.’
The fashion designer then claimed that Alice threatened to divorce Ioan during the final week of filming for Harrow in 2020, and said she was aware how ‘upset’ he became.
Responding to another user she said: ‘Your point? I saw what Alice was doing to Ioan in the last week of filming, threatening a divorce if he didn’t go home. I saw how upset he was on set. And Bianca was barely even on set for season three. I know, you do not.
‘She is not a home-wrecker! Who do you actually personally know here in this situation. Obviously no one. And I’m very perceptive, it didn’t show on set, he is a very professional person. I saw how upset he was on the phone being abused by her.’
Bombshell: Bianca grew up in Queensland before moving to Brisbane to pursue an acting career
Evans and Gruffudd met on the set of 102 Dalmatians in 2000, when Alice was in a relationship with Pablo Picasso’s grandson Olivier.
The former couple became engaged six years later after she gave him an ultimatum about their relationship, and they tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Mexico in September 2007.
Gruffudd hasn’t publicly addressed the couple’s divorce.
All over: Alice and Ioan are pictured together in 2018 – two years before their split was announced