In a new interview, Kate Winslet also says she's "proud" she retained her privacy while navigating her splits from Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated September 30, 2015 04:00 PM
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Kate Winslet says husband Ned Rocknroll is “everything” to her, but the actress candidly admits she wasn’t always so lucky in love.

In a new interview for WSJ. Magazine‘s October issue, the Steve Jobs star, 39, says she relishes that she was mostly able to retain her privacy when both her first and second marriage dissolved.

“No one really knows what has happened in my life,” Winslet says of her first marriage to filmmaker Jim Threapleton and second to director Sam Mendes. “No one really knows why my first marriage didn’t last; no one knows why my second didn’t. And I’m proud of those silences.”

Now, Winslet co-parents daughter Mia, 14 with Threapleton; son Joe, 11, with Mendes; and Bear, who turns 2 in December, with Rocknroll, whom she wed in 2012.

“I know lots of people who are not in the public eye who have gone through several marriages, I really do, and it’s just those are the cards that life dealt me,” the Oscar-winning star tells the magazine. “I didn’t plan on it being that way. And f— me, it hasn’t been easy, you know.”

However, she indicates her relationship with Rocknroll has been a welcome and wonderful change.

“Thank God for Ned – really,” she says. “He’s just so incredibly supportive, and he’s so much fun. He’s absolutely everything to me. And to all of us.”

Handling the constant scrutiny that comes with being in the public eye has also provided a challenge.

“No one teaches you, and also no one particularly helps you,” she tells WSJ. “It’s a very specific thing to ask people to understand. ‘So-and-so was mean about me in the newspaper.’ ‘Oh, just ignore it.’ But you can’t, because it’s not true.”

Winslet retains a sense of humor about her fame, however. Case in point? She keeps her Oscar in the bathroom so guests can have their own Academy Award moment.

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“The whole point is for everybody to pick it up and go, ‘I’d like to thank my son and my dad’ – and you can always tell when someone has, because they’re in there a little bit longer after they flushed,” she says. “They’ll come out looking slightly pink-cheeked. It’s hysterical.”