August 16, 2010 / 3:03 AM / in 8 years

Jude Law's ex recounts doomed marriage in memoir

LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Marriage to Hollywood dreamboat Jude Law was no golden joyride, his former wife Sadie Frost revealed Sunday, telling how her battle against post-natal depression and the pressures of a celebrity lifestyle led her to being committed to a psychiatric ward.

Cast member Jude Law attends the premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in New York December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

The revelations come in the London Mail’s serialization of Frost’s controversial biography “Crazy Days” about their turbulent six-year marriage — which her former husband had tried to prevent being published.

Last month, Law — who has resumed his on-again off-again affair with actress Sienna Miller — sued Frost in the High Court, demanding that passages from the book relating to their marriage and intimate liaisons be removed. He also objected to details about their children being published. The two eventually settled.

Frost, who has three children with the star of such movies as “Enemy at the Gates,” and “A.I.,” met Law in 1994. At the time, he was an impoverished 19-year-old and she was a 26-year-old mother of one married to Spandau Ballet singer Martin Kemp. But she found herself inescapably drawn to the actor, “who was living hand-to-mouth between acting jobs” and had to borrow money for bus fares.

The two became a couple and Frost found herself caught up in a whirl of celebrity and rising fame surrounded by such Zeitgeist friends as Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan McGregor and Kate Moss. But the magic was shattered by increasing bouts of post-natal depression after each of her children, which, combined with the strains imposed by Law’s burgeoning career, tore the couple apart.

“The more we had to socialize at grand dinner parties in Hollywood, the more I felt my self-esteem slipping away. Soon I admitted defeat and went to see a doctor, who diagnosed post-natal depression and put me back on medication,” she wrote. “The more I worried about my condition, the more self-obsessed I became and the less attention I gave to Jude.”

Eventually was confined to a California psychiatric institution. “The psychiatric ward was as bad as I’d imagined: plastic sheets on the bed and bars on the windows. It was obvious to me and to the staff that this was not the best place for me. Fortunately, a friend was allowed to take me to his home a week later. Soon (a friend) arrived from London to accompany me home. My marriage to Jude Law was over.”

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