Ioan Gruffudd goes 'Instagram official' with his glamorous new lover

Toxic tweets behind Hollywood’s most vicious bust-up: In one corner, Ioan Gruffudd who’s just gone ‘Instagram official’ with his glamorous new lover. In the other, his horrified ex-wife who now thinks they were having an affair for three years

First it was Angelina and Brad. Then came Johnny and Amber. Now brace yourself for the Ioan and Alice show, in what has become — even by Hollywood standards — one of the showbiz world’s most bitter and publicly slugged-out divorces.

The latest drama kicked off this week, when actress Alice Evans took to Twitter to claim to her 29,000 followers that her estranged husband Ioan Gruffudd had been cheating on her for three years with a much younger woman.

Evans implied that her ex had gaslighted her for years, betraying her and their two daughters (but did not offer any evidence to support her accusation).

The ‘other woman’ is Bianca Wallace, an Australian actress who is 21 years younger than Evans.

Late on Tuesday, Gruffudd, the Welsh actor best known for his roles in TV series including Liar and Hornblower, went ‘Insta official’ with his new girlfriend, posting a cosy picture of him and Bianca on a film set, holding coffee and looking blissfully happy.

Actress Alice Evans took to Twitter to claim to that her estranged husband Ioan Gruffudd (both pictured in January 2012) had cheated on her for three years with a much younger woman

Evans implied that her ex had gaslighted her for years, betraying her and their two daughters (but did not offer any evidence to support her accusation)

‘Thank you for making me smile again,’ he wrote, with two love heart emojis.

Wallace, the woman making him smile, is an Aussie actress who was an extra on his drama series Harrow, in Brisbane, for the past two years and romance has blossomed.

Definitely not smiling, though, is Alice.

Recollections vary on the ticklish question of when the Gruffudd-Wallace romantic connection began — they say after his marriage was over, but Alice claims they have been an item for three years. Worse still, she says, is that she counted Bianca as a friend.

‘So it turns out my husband, after two years of telling me I’m a bad person and I’m not exciting and he no longer wants to have sex with me and he just wants to be on set abroad… has been in a relationship for three years behind my back,’ she blasted online.

Alice demanded to know via a series of tweets and Instagram messages whether his acting friends and co-stars knew what was going on.

When former EastEnders actress Tamzin Outhwaite and Gruffudd’s co-star Ella Newton sent him their congratulations on his new love, Alice replied to ask how long they had known about the relationship.

The latest drama in this excruciatingly public dumping began on Tuesday night when Evans posted a picture of herself looking forlorn, with smudged make-up (presumably from crying) and wrote: ‘Tonight, after learning that a person I thought was a friend might not be. But MORE IMPORTANTLY, is my wig on straight?’

The ‘other woman’ is Bianca Wallace (pictured), an Australian actress who is 21 years younger than Evans

Alice then started to post messages on Bianca’s Instagram page, demanding to know what she was doing in France. The messages were hastily deleted and Alice was blocked.

Alice then shared an Instagram photo that Bianca had uploaded weeks earlier, which showed a group seated in chairs that were lined up on the beach.

She wrote: ‘I have no words. My husband sent this to Elsie, our eight-year-old last week and asked her if she thought he was a good photographer. I am lost. Totally lost and sad and confused…’

When asked, ‘Who is Bianca?’ Evans responded: ‘Bianca Wallace seems to be the person he has been in a relationship with for three years whilst blaming our difficulties on me. I’ve just found this out tonight. I feel like killing myself. (I won’t).’

She went on to tweet ‘Why did he have to gaslight me? Why couldn’t he just have told me he’d met someone?’

So who is the new woman in Ioan’s life?

Bianca’s move into acting is recent. She has just three screen credits, including —would you believe — a short film in which the main character is called Alice.

Her agency provides extras for TV shows in and around Brisbane. She has also been seen at The Terrace rooftop bar at the Emporium Hotel, which was favoured by the show’s cast and crew.

Wallace, 29, was living in Brisbane when Gruffudd, 48, was making three series of the TV drama Harrow in the city (starting in 2018) — although they are insisting through friends, that romance only blossomed between them after he had returned from Australia and split from Alice. The split was announced publicly in January.

Gruffudd spent six to eight months at a time away from the marital home in Los Angeles, where Evans and their daughters live. Filming for the final Covid-disrupted series ended in August 2020.

On New Year’s Eve last year — cited by Ioan as the date of his separation from Alice — Bianca wrote about how much she was looking forward to 2021: ‘We have a very exciting year ahead.’

Bianca has since moved to Los Angeles, telling a pal a few weeks ago: ‘I’m absolutely loving it here.’

She and Gruffudd are currently midway through a two-month trip to France, where he has been making TV drama The Reunion. They have been staying at the celebrated Hotel du Cap and visiting chateaux together.

Late on Tuesday, Gruffudd, the Welsh actor went ‘Insta official’ with his new girlfriend, posting a cosy picture of him and Bianca on a film set, holding coffee and looking blissfully happy

‘I wonder what you’re doing in France?’ wrote Alice on her timeline.

Wardrobe assistant Amy Douglas said on Twitter yesterday that Ms Wallace was an extra on Harrow but denied that she and Gruffudd had a three-year affair. 

She wrote: ‘She 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. Don’t buy into the lies you are being fed.

‘Being her friend I KNOW it didn’t happen. I know her as a person and her principles. 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.’

She continued: ‘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.’

‘I have permission from both to comment. They started talking on set about acting, nothing personal, he spoke to me too about my writing, I guess by you I was also having an affair with him. I do not call talking about careers an affair.’

Evans and Gruffudd announced that they were to divorce in March this year.

The couple, who met on the set of the film 102 Dalmatians in 2000, have two daughters — Ella, 12, and Elsie, eight.

When they met, Evans was the bigger star. She was living in Paris with socialite Olivier Picasso, the painter’s grandson, and they were a fixture in cafe society.

Her engagement to Picasso was broken off and she moved into a flat in Kilburn, northwest London, with Gruffudd and his best pal, actor Matthew Rhys.

In the early years of the romance, Gruffudd was the subject of a kiss -and-tell story in the News of the World: a girl said he picked her up at the Skybar in the Mondrian Hotel in LA for a one-night stand. At the time, he and Evans were dating but not yet engaged.

They moved to LA in 2003 and were married in 2007.

Separations due to work have been blamed for tensions between them. Ioan told The Guardian in February last year: ‘We’ve struggled the past four years making time for each other because physically we’re apart.’ 

A statement released in January by them both ran: ‘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.’

But from the outset and throughout, Ms Evans has been prone to attack Gruffudd and his legal team for their conduct.

Alice (pictured with Ioan) demanded to know via a series of tweets and Instagram messages whether his acting friends and co-stars knew what was going on

She began with a Tweet that ran: ‘Sad news. My beloved husband/soulmate of 20 years, Ioan Gruffudd, has announced he is to leave his family, starting next week.

‘Me and our young daughters are very confused and sad. We haven’t been given a reason except that he ‘no longer loves me’. I’m so sorry.’

This Tweet later disappeared — and Evans extraordinarily said her estranged husband was to blame.

She wrote: ‘Hi there. I didn’t delete the tweet from a few hours ago about him leaving. He did. From my account. . .

‘And hell yes, when I am being gaslit and mentally tortured then hell yes, I will wash my linen in public.’ 

There was another outburst in March, when she said: ‘At the moment we’re doing something called collaborative divorce, which is somewhere between a really kind way of doing divorce and a phenomenal scam.

‘Lawyers aren’t the law. Lawyers are there to f*** the law. That’s what I always said. Anyway, I may have some more thoughts later.’

Her angry tweets have attracted something of a following among the ‘wronged wives’ club’, with many of them tweeting her their support and offering up their own stories of hurt and betrayal.

Only two weeks ago, Alice returned to the fray, writing: ‘I haven’t spoken to my husband in nine months (his choice). I did my fair share of crying, screaming, accusing. 

‘I begged and begged for at least some sort of running discussion. That’s my way of reacting to such a life-changing event. So he ghosted me. I have been ghosted for almost ten months now!’

She went on furiously: ‘This is the real Ioan Gruffudd. I’m not bending over for this guy. This man is devoid of any empathy whatsoever!’

She further claimed: ‘He also wanted me to sign a legal document saying that it was MY FAULT that he couldn’t get any work. (Hey — this is Hollywood). I don’t care any more. I’m done!’

If the past few months are anything to go by, that seems highly unlikely.

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