Everyone loves coveted love and star-crossed lovers. Our affinity towards everything prohibited gives us an excitement to possess what’s not ours. No one understands this better than Claire Danes. Her romance with Billy Crudup caused quite a stir in Hollywood and also among the paparazzi. Claire became a center of attention and to be honest, not all of it was in a nice way.
The scandalous romance was quite private because the stars chose to not speak about it… until recently. Claire Danes finally got to open up about her romance and the consequences it had on her life.
Claire Danes & Billy Crudup Romance
Claire Danes and Billy Crudup started dating somewhere around late 2003. The rumors began around the same time but it was not until 2004 when the couple was spotted together. It made quite into the headlines because the otherwise private stars were totally into PDA while nuzzling in New York streets. They were seen at public places together looking at each other with doey-eyes.
The doting couple became the talk of the town and no one, literally no one could stop talking about them. Well except for the couple themselves. Unlike Tom Cruise, Billy did not jump on the sofa while talking about Katie Holmes (in his case, Claire Danes) and there were no official ‘social media announcements’. No, the couple remained silent on the topic and even asked the then interviewers to avoid any questions related to his personal life.
Why The Romance Was Scandalous?
Until now, you might be reading the story like a fairytale romance but sadly, the entire picture is a little different. Here’s the catch in Claire and Billy’s love story – Billy was already in a relationship when he fell in love with Claire Danes. Not just ‘in a relationship’, but in a relationship with woman who was 7 months pregnant with his child. We are talking about Mary-Louise Parker, Billy’s then girlfriend of 8 years.
It is not everyday when media gets such juicy gossip but when they do, they want the dirtiest possible detail ever. That is what happened in the case of Claire-Billy-Mary. Billy Crudup allegedly left his 8 years girlfriend who was very much pregnant in 2003 for Claire Danes. The actor refused to address the notion and even asked some interviews to revoke any relatable questions.
Not just Billy, Mary-Louise Parker also refused to talk about the breakup. They both said that it would be unfair for the child who was not even born back then. Even though it was high-profile breakup, people do not know the exact reason for the fall out. Hence, they started blaming Claire Danes for the same. Claire Danes became the home-wrecker in the tabloids overnight and no matter how much she handled herself with integrity, the press reported what they liked.
Claire Danes Opens Up
Claire Danes and Billy Crudup dated for 2 years before parting ways. Though it had been more than decade since the breakup, people wanted to know more. And leave it to Howard Stern to get things out of the stars easily! In an interview with Howard in 2015, Claire Danes finally opened up about her romance in details. She said that it was a choice of hers to fall in love with Billy and she couldn’t help.
She mentioned that she was only 24 back then and did not know any better. The relationship with Billy taught her a lot and now she’s all grown up adult with more understanding of the world. She addressed the tabloids and the way they pictured her in the media. Claire said that all she could do was let the people talk and keep her head held up and continue.
Billy Crudup & Claire Danes Now
Billy Crudup and Claire Danes broke up years ago and now very happy in their respective lives. Claire is married to Hugh Dancy (for whom she allegedly left Billy) and have two children, Cyrus and Rowan, together. Crudup, on the other hand is allegedly dating Naomi Watts since 2018.