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Minnie Driver speaks out about her ‘dramatically reported on’ public split with Matt Damon

Minnie Driver has spoken out about her public split with Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon. 

The pair started a relationship after starring as love interests in the film and had a whirlwind romance from 1997 to 1998.

The 52-year-old actress appeared on the latest episode of ITV’s This Morning on Thursday where she told Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes: ‘It was dramatically reported on but I wouldn’t change a second of it.’

Opening up: Minnie Driver has spoken out about her public split with Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon – pictured on This Morning on Thursday

Earlier in the day, Minnie spoke to Chris Evans on the Sky Breakfast Show, where she opened up about her time in Hollywood and their romance during that time.

She said: ‘Matt Damon was just this lovely, talented, great person who was also very young and got famous very fast. And people don’t always behave well in situations when you’re under pressure. 

‘It was a very sweet romance that we had. And I really do look back on it with such fondness no matter how it ended up. It was just sort of dramatic and tabloid-y and was really unbelievable.’

Cute: The pair started a relationship after starring as love interests in the film and had a whirlwind romance from 1997 to 1998

Cute: The pair started a relationship after starring as love interests in the film and had a whirlwind romance from 1997 to 1998

She recalled what it was like to find out he dating other people through the press: ‘At the time, it was weird, walking down the aisle in the supermarket with magazine covers in stereo of him making out with his new girlfriend after we’d broken up.

‘We really did fancy each other, we really were good friends at that point. And they let us improvise a lot, there was a lot of real, the way in which we spoke to each other.’ 

Minnie is now engaged to Addison O’Dea, having been linked to him since 2019 and has a 13-year-old son Henry. 

Relationship: The 52-year-old actress appeared on the latest episode of ITV's This Morning on Thursday where she told Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes: 'It was dramatically reported on but I wouldn't change a second of it.'

Relationship: The 52-year-old actress appeared on the latest episode of ITV’s This Morning on Thursday where she told Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes: ‘It was dramatically reported on but I wouldn’t change a second of it.’

The actress cemented her rise to fame with the 1997’s Good Will Hunting which earned her an Academy Award nomination.

Having been across the big and small screen since then, fame is something Minnie knows all too well, and described as ‘disorienting.’

Speaking on moving country and finding herself, she said: ‘I think there’s this notion that when you go to somewhere like New York, when you’re really young, and I had this opportunity to be this other person in a way, or to try on all these different identities, ideas and accents, and I didn’t know who I was.

Family: Minnie is now engaged to Addison O’Dea, having been linked to him since 2019 and has a 13-year-old son Henry

Family: Minnie is now engaged to Addison O’Dea, having been linked to him since 2019 and has a 13-year-old son Henry

‘I knew who I was in England. And I knew all those things, which were to do with my hair and my upbringing, and having been ungainly, and, you know, a big girl, and now suddenly, I was the slim girl. 

‘And these agents saw something completely different in me. I started to wonder who that was. There’s that whole chapter, which is about the exploration of, is it leaving yourself behind and becoming someone else? Or is it adding into the mix of who you are?’

Minnie recently claimed that her star-making turn almost didn’t come to pass after now-disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein objected to her presence in The Goodwill Hunting.

Traumatising: It comes amid her claims that her star-making turn almost didn't come to pass after now-disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein objected to her presence in The Goodwill Hunting (pictured August 2021)

Traumatising: It comes amid her claims that her star-making turn almost didn’t come to pass after now-disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein objected to her presence in The Goodwill Hunting (pictured August 2021)

The film star claimed to the Times London over the weekend that the 70-year-old convicted sex offender said that ‘Nobody would want to f*** her’ ahead of productio

Despite Weinstein’s offensive comments, the producers fought for her to remain on the picture, as did Matt Damon, who starred in the lead role and co-wrote the film with his friend and costar Ben Affleck.

‘I remember feeling so devastated until I realised, “Hold on, just consider the source for a minute. That is an unutterable pig — why on earth are you worried about this f*** saying that you are not sexy?”‘ she recalled.

She added that she balanced the relief of not being targeted like some of Weinstein’s other victims with the knowledge that he could still kneecap her career.

But there are ramifications of that: that maybe I am not going to be hired because people don’t think I have the sexual quality that is required,’ she continued. ‘How awful to think that I was one of the lucky ones [who escaped him] because he didn’t think I was f***able.

‘And how amazing and wonderful that it has turned around and young men and women in my industry are not going to experience that.’

Stars: The actress cemented her rise to fame with the 1997's Good Will Hunting which earned her an Academy Award nomination (Minnie and Matt in Good Will Hunting)

Stars: The actress cemented her rise to fame with the 1997’s Good Will Hunting which earned her an Academy Award nomination (Minnie and Matt in Good Will Hunting) 

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