Kate Winslet wants to move out of the New York apartment she shared with estranged husband Sam Mendes.
The 34-year-old actress is reportedly desperate to leave the $6 million property in the Chelsea district of the city because of all the memories it holds. Since Kate and Sam announced they were splitting after almost seven years of marriage, the director has been living in the same converted warehouse building as his office is based there.
“Kate really wants to leave the apartment,” a source told the New York Post newspaper. “She sees it as a house of horrors because of the fights she and Sam had there. She feels it is tainted.”
However, Kate looks set to spend several more months living in the apartment because she is due to begin filming new TV mini-series Mildred Pierce, which is based on a novel by James M. Cain in New York.
It has been claimed Kate and Sam are keen to avoid a high-profile court battle to agree on custody arrangements for the two children they raise together â€” six-year-old son Joe and Mia Honey, Kate’s daughter with ex-husband Jim Threapleton â€” and to split their shared fortune, worth an estimated $45 million.
Kate and Sam married in May 2003 on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. After announcing the split earlier this month, it emerged they had parted ways earlier in the year and had reportedly grown apart following a series of arguments.