Date: 26th November 2001

Winslet's New Love Relieved At Honesty

Director SAM MENDES is relieved he is finally able to speak openly about his fledgling relationship with KATE WINSLET. The news of the AMERICAN BEAUTY (1999) liaison with TITANIC (1997) beauty Kate came a few months after her split from husband JIM THREAPLETON, but Sam stresses he played no part in the break-up.

He says, "I'm relieved to be able to talk about it. I'm very content, and therefore it's nice to be able to say, 'Yes, it's true', as opposed to, 'Oh, I don't know what you're talking about. ' So part of me is very relieved. "

He adds, "All I ever cared about was that people knew this started after she and Jim split up. That's all I've been concerned about. The rest of it is just a straightforward relationship, so, in that respect, it's nothing special. There's no story, really, other than two people - one famous person and another who's slightly less famous and slightly less interesting. " (SC/WNS/NFA)

Source: WENN