Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal has stunned fans following the news of his recent split from Dolores Fonzi by revealing they were never actually married. The Y Tu Mama Tambien star was widely reported to have wed Argentine actress Fonzi in 2009 after a year of dating, but now Bernal has confessed they never made their relationship official and simply remained boyfriend and girlfriend as they raised their son Lazaro, five, and daughter Libertad, three.
He tells Elle magazine, "We actually didn't even get married. We had kids."
Bernal insists the former couple "felt more than married" during their relationship and didn't feel the need to walk down the aisle just because they were starting a family together.
He says, "What's important is the arrangement. The responsibility. The deal. To do it (have a family) with the person you're embarking on (it with). That's more important than anything any religion or government would say. But that's a case-by-case situation. I'm not saying it should be like this. But for us it was. The institution of family is important, definitely. And I enjoy it a lot. More than I thought I would."
Mexican movie star Gael Garcia Bernal has split from his wife Dolores Fonzi. Following rumours that the Y Tu Mama Tambien star and his actress wife have been apart for some time, Garcia Bernal's mum, Patricia Bernal, has confirmed the pair's split.
She tells People en Espanol magazine that while her son and Fonzi have decided to separate, they are going to "remain great friends", and their main focus is on the wellbeing of their two children, son Lazaro, five, and daughter Libertad, three.
Garcia Bernal and Argentine actress Fonzi met on the set of their 2001 film Vidas Privadas, but did not start a romantic relationship until 2008. They wed in 2009.
The Motorcycle Diaries star welcomed baby boy Lazaro with Argentinian actress Dolores Fonzi last year (09).
Online reports surfaced this week (begs01Feb10) suggesting Bernal had ended their longterm relationship after learning he may not be little Lazaro's biological dad, but Bernal's spokesperson has denied the reports to People.com and a source close to the star insists the rumours are false.
The insider says, "It's completely untrue. (They) are happy together and they love their son. This is totally made up."