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Rosamund Pike says marriage is over-rated: Hit film Gone Girl has made her a superstar, but her love life is a train wreck

PUBLISHED: 17:33 EST, 10 October 2014 | UPDATED: 21:55 EST, 10 October 2014

Rosamund Pike talked openly about marriage over the past week, saying that women often have unrealistic expectations of their spouses 

Her past has all the ingredients for a blockbuster. It is the story of a beautiful English girl, educated privately and at Oxford, whose marriage dreams are twice destroyed in unique circumstances.

She first falls in love with a man who, after two intimate years, realises he is gay and now lives with a civil partner.

In the second reel, she falls in love with another man, they get engaged and buy a house. But when — unknown to him, apparently — she sends out ‘save the date’ pre-wedding cards to dozens of friends with a ‘tasteful’ picture of them in a hot tub, he is so appalled that he summarily dumps her.

This public humiliation is all the more puzzling as it befell a former Bond girl who has evolved into what the Mail’s theatre critic Quentin Letts describes as ‘one of the great beauties of our age’.

Not surprisingly, after such emotional blows, Rosamund Pike remains unmarried at 35. So it was telling when she said in an interview with Spectrum magazine that ‘people have ridiculous expectations of a mate’. She continued: ‘In my grandmother’s day, you wouldn’t expect your husband to fulfill the same need in you as your sister, or girlfriends, or colleagues at work.’

She then argued that it is not ‘universally achievable’ for just one person to meet all your needs.

After the disasters of two great loves, Rosamund now shares her life with former heroin addict and City businessman Robie Uniacke. He is a big, rather shambolic Old Etonian who is not only 18 years her senior but had two failed marriages behind him and four children when they met in 2010. Today they have a son, Solo, two, and she is expecting their second child.

Rosamund’s first love was actor Simon Woods, who, like Robie, was at Eton. He and Rosamund met and fell in love at Oxford, where both were studying English Literature. He was much envied by fellow undergraduates for having captured one of the most stunning girls at Oxford, and for two years she and handsome, charming Woods were inseparable.

But Simon had a secret. Unknown to Rosamund, he was beginning to doubt his sexuality. Eventually, he had to tell her.

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