Kate Winslet unburdened her soul with a good cry and a foul-mouthed rant following her break-up with Sam Mendes.
The Oscar winner separated from the movie director in March 2010 and admits she bottled up her feelings in a bid to protect her children – Mia, 11, her daughter with first husband Jim Threapleton, and seven-year-old Joe, her son with Sam.
In an interview with the November issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, she said: “As a woman, one gets so good at soldiering on. Because as soon as you open that can of worms, it’s so f***ing big, you wish you’d never taken the goddamn lid off.
“I’ve had to remind myself to have a f***ing good cry.”
Winslet revealed that the “f***ing good cry” came with PC credentials attached.
“It did take someone – a gay male friend, actually – to put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘It’s OK, you can cry about this, and maybe you should.'”
The 35-year-actress has regrets about the end of both of her marriages but she is determined that her catalogue of relationship blunders won’t affect her children.
Kate – now believed to be dating Sir Richard Branson’s nephew Ned Rocknroll – said: “There’s no way that I’m going to allow my children to be f***ed up because my marriages haven’t worked out.
“I so wish that that wasn’t the case, that that hadn’t happened in my life, but it has. So I will make the best of it.”