Who Is Emily Ratajkowski's Estranged Husband? All About Sebastian Bear-McClard

From his background as an actor and producer to his relationship with Emily Ratajkowski, here's everything to know about Sebastian Bear-McClard

Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard attend the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California
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Sebastian Bear-McClard was born to an artist father and filmmaker mother, which gave this New York native a creative environment during his youth. He pursued a career in show business, having produced a number of hit films such as 2019's Uncut Gems and 2017's Good Time. He's also directed a couple of shorts and accrued a few acting credits as well.

Bear-McClard met Emily Ratajkowski after running in the same circle of friends. They were romantically linked in 2018, and after dating for only a few weeks, the model and producer tied the knot in a surprise ceremony.

The pair welcomed their first baby together, son Sylvester Apollo, in March 2021. By September the following year, the model filed for divorce after 4 years of marriage.

In March 2023, Ratajkowski spoke about the split during an interview on the Going Mental podcast. "I didn't have the courage to leave for a long time. I was really, really unhappy," she said. "I was, like, 100 pounds and I had just had a baby. I got really skinny 'cause I was not OK."

From his filmmaking career to his split with Ratajkowski, here's everything to know about Sebastian Bear-McClard.

He's an actor and producer

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Bear-McClard produced the 2017 film Good Time starring Robert Pattinson. He has also worked on several indie films including Heaven Knows What in 2014 and Still Life in 2006.

In 2014, Joshua and Ben Safdie, a New York-based writer/producer/director duo, launched Elara Pictures with Bear-McClard and producer Oscar Boyson as partners.

Bear-McClard has been nominated for multiple Gotham Independent Film Awards, including Best Feature Film for Good Time. He was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2014 for Heaven Knows What.

He had an integral role in the making of Uncut Gems

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One of Bear-McClard's most recent projects was when he served as a producer on 2019's crime-thriller Uncut Gems, directed by the Safdie brothers and starring Adam Sandler and Julia Fox.

While the movie centers around Sandler's Howard Ratner and his dangerous mission around NYC's diamond district, Bear-McClard embarked on a similar quest in search of the most perfect prop.

"We had trouble sourcing a real one and trouble figuring out how to get the art department to build what was in our heads," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "So, I ended up taking over the design and execution."

It turned out to be quite the task as he went to great lengths to replicate the iconic opals, undergoing much research and collaborating with the artists. He even schmoozed industry experts!

"In the middle of the night after a shoot, I had to wine and dine some opal traders who were visiting from Australia to convince them to lend us their very special opals that ended up being little pigments in our larger rock opal," he told the outlet.

He comes from a family of artists

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Bear-McClard's dad is an artist who moved to New York after graduating from the San Fransisco Art Institute.

"Michael was a teen rebel in the 60's and decided he was an artist and graduated with honors from San Fransisco Art Institute and moved to New York," Peter McClard, Bear-McClard's uncle, told PEOPLE. "He is an amazing artist. Some time in the '70s he met Sebastian's future mother, Liza Bear, a filmmaker and co-founder of Avalanche, an art magazine."

Because of his parents' involvement in the N.Y.C. art scene, Bear-McClard grew up going to galleries and industry parties.

"Sebastian was a great, totally New York-bred kid and spent his youth being dragged to cool art events, parties and surrounded by the hippest of the hip New York art scene in the 80s and 90s," Peter continued.

He is friends with the founder of the Fat Jewish meme account

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Josh Ostrovsky, founder of the famed Fat Jewish meme account, served as a witness at Bear-McClard's wedding ceremony, but the two go way back.

"In high school or shortly thereafter he met some friends and they had a rap group called Team Facelift and Sebastian was their official videographer," Peter McClard tells PEOPLE. "They were hilarious and talented and their frontman was the Fat Jew."

Ostrovsky also joined the former couple in 2020, when the model hosted a backyard wedding ceremony for her dog Colombo and Ostrovsky and Caitlin King's dog, Happy.

"Quarantined together so why not marry our children? They love each other so much. Congrats Happy and Colombo 💍🎩✨5.2.20," Ratajkowski captioned the since-deleted post.

He kept his relationship with Ratajkowski low-key in the beginning

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Emily Ratajkowski with her husband Sebastian Bear-McClard. Emma McIntyre /VF20/WireImage

Rumors began swirling that Bear-McClard and Ratajkowski were an item after they were spotted showing PDA on Valentine's Day in 2018. The two had yet to go public until their wedding announcement.

The model and producer later made public appearances at several events and even posed together for social media snaps posted to Ratajkowski's Instagram.

He and Ratajkowski split after 4 years of marriage

In July 2022, a source close to Ratajkowski told PEOPLE that the couple had broken up. "They split recently. It was Em's decision. She is doing okay. She is strong and focused on her son. She loves being a mom," the insider said.

As Page Six first reported, rumors of a separation began that same month when Ratajkowski was seen without her wedding ring. She also was not wearing it in her Instagram photos throughout the summer.

On Sept. 8, 2022, Ratajkowski filed for divorce in Manhattan Supreme Court according to court records obtained by Page Six.

He was accused of sexual misconduct

In May 2023, Bear-McClard was accused of sexual misconduct by two women, according to a report published by Variety.

The outlet reported that Bear-McClard recruited a 17-year-old woman to act in a Good Time scene that required her to be naked.

According to Variety, the woman was asked to perform a nude scene with an actor in front of "nearly a dozen male cast and crew members," including directors Josh Safdie and Bennie Safdie.

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