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Martha Stewart Stopped Dating Anthony Hopkins Because of Hannibal

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Dec 19, 2006 | 5:09am EST

Martha Stewart ended her brief relationship with Anthony Hopkins, because she couldn't separate him from his famous character Hannibal Lecter.

Stewart, 65, appeared on shock jock Howard Stern's radio show last week and admitted she had second thoughts about romancing the Welsh-born star after watching The Silence of the Lambs while they were dating.

She said, "Oh, I loved him, but he was... scary. I was going to invite him up to Maine; I have this beautiful home in Maine... but then I reconsidered because I saw that movie again.

"Do you want someone eating your brain while you are sitting in your beautiful dining room in Maine?"

Hopkins won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, but the accolades weren't enough to sway Stewart.

She adds, "I would have probably had a very nice relationship with Anthony Hopkins, but I couldn't get past the Lecter thing."

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