Yes, you read the title correctly. Sadly, according to one of Carter's representatives, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter officially "separated amicably earlier this year." The couple, who have been romantically and professionally together since 2001 when they met on the set of The Planet of the Apes, "have continued to be friends and co-parent their children," Billy (11) and Nell (7).
Ever since they first teamed up, this power couple has always had an affinity for the dark, twisted, and whimsical. Burton and Carter (and often their good friend Johnny Depp) have collaborated on several...ehhh...creative projects including but most definitely not limited to Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Corpse Bride.
And Carter and Burton's whimsical natures are most definitely not limited to the silver screen! Although the two never actually married, they had been "cohabiting" for years. They don't technically live together since Carter and Burton each own their own respective houses. However, these houses are connected by what has been described as a grand hallway, and the two sweethearts would always visit each other.
Nevertheless, despite their successes in Hollywood and the claims made by publicist Melody Korenbrot that the separation was amicable, evidence has arisen that support strong tensions between the unconventional couple. Carter has been spotted alone several times within the last few weeks and has apparently seemed more than a little worse for wear as of late. However, her current state could be a result of tensions unrelated to her separation from the crazed director. Yet, the currently somewhat disheveled actress has expressed several times in the past that "it’s not without its pressures, working with Tim." When speaking about her work on Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Carter once again voiced serious concerns about collaborating with her then lover/boss:
Sweeney was very stressful, very hard on our relationship. He’s a partner in our private life, but when he’s directing, he’s the boss. And maybe I confuse that.
Carter has gone as far as stating that she believes Burton may be somewhere on the autism spectrum, which the director round-about-ly agreed with:
Tim will kill me, but while making this drama I realised he has a bit of Asperger’s in him, you start recognising the signs. We were watching a documentary about autism and he said that was how he felt as a child.
To make speculation of tension between the former couple even worse, Burton's latest film Big Eyes, which premieres everywhere Christmas day, will be his first live action film since 2001 that will not feature his former lover Helena as the lead. Instead, the drama, which explores an artistic woman's attempts to expose her husband as a con-artist, will instead place Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz at the helm.
Welp, alas, the deed is done, and the Burton/Carter power duo is no more! All we can hope for now is that the two will be amiable enough to continue to produce awesome future films for their fans! Now, please excuse me while I begin my mourning period by crawling into a corner and sobbing for a while...