EXCLUSIVE: Jodie Turner-Smith’s family break their silence on her divorce from Joshua Jackson after he was left ‘heartbroken’ by split
The family of Jodie Turner-Smith have been left shocked by her impending divorce from Joshua Jackson.
The actress’ husband was left ‘heartbroken’ when she filed for divorce on Monday after nearly four years together.
Joshua, 45, who was pictured without his wedding ring on Tuesday, ‘isn’t thrilled’ about the termination of his marriage – but insisted that no one else is involved and that their union had simply ‘run its course’.
Now it’s emerged that Jodie’s own family in the UK had no idea the divorce bombshell was coming and have also been stunned by the dramatic events in the marriage this week.
A family source told us: ‘We were all shocked and saddened to hear about the divorce and we’re thinking of Jodie right now and wishing her the best.
EXCLUSIVE: The family of Jodie Turner-Smith have been left shocked by her impending divorce from Joshua Jackson
The British branch of the family hail from Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.
The source added: ‘Jodie’s family is spread out between here in the UK, Jamaica and the US.’
The couple – who share three-year-old daughter Juno Rose Diana – noted their date of separation as September 13, according to TMZ. However it wasn’t until this week that Jodie, 37, filed for divorce, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’.
Previously a source revealed: ‘Joshua is heartbroken over the divorce, he always thought that he would be married and grow old with his family, and everything would be happily ever after.
‘He had the dream scenario in his mind, and Jodie was his person and the person he thought he would be with forever.’
The Canadian source added that Joshua’s primary concern is his young child as the Canadian actor now looks ahead to a life of co-parenting.
‘He never wanted this for their daughter,’ the insider continued.
‘They both are great parents and will continue to be, he just hates that they won’t be together as a couple for their daughter anymore. They will always be connected through her.’
Emerging: Joshua who was pictured without his wedding ring on Tuesday , ‘isn’t thrilled’ about the termination of his marriage
The insider claimed that Joshua would love nothing more than to reunite with his estranged wife, adding: ‘He would have loved nothing more than to still be with Jodie and in a perfect world would probably even take her back if she were to stop the divorce, but now that they have got to this place, he is going to have to accept it.’
The source also insisted that there had been no bad behaviour on either side, saying that the relationship had simply reached a natural end.
‘Nothing horrible happened between the two like infidelity, the relationship just went its course, and it is just a sad time,’ the said.
‘Joshua isn’t thrilled about it, but as we all know, life doesn’t always work out the way you’d like it to work out.’
The pair had looked loved-up on September 12 as they attended their final public event together at New York Fashion Week – just one day before they officially separated.
Celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser is representing Jodie, with the actress asking for joint custody of their daughter.
She does not want spousal support for either her or Joshua, with the pair not having a prenup in place.
In September 2022 the pair sparked split rumors after they unfollowed each other on social media – after previously sharing multiple loved-up posts.
They then refollowed each other with Joshua brushing off split speculation as he gushed about his wife in a chat with E! News.
‘She is undeniably one of the most beautiful women on the planet,’ he said. ‘And she always smashes it when she’s on the red carpet. That is truly a wonder to behold.
Surprising: Now it’s emerged that Jodie’s family in the UK had no idea the divorce bombshell was coming and have also been stunned by the dramatic events in the marriage this week
‘But I will tell you, that there is nothing like waking up in the morning, opening my eyes and seeing her face in the morning.’
Jodie and Joshua tied the knot in 2019, after meeting through mutual friends in 2018 and initially insisting that their romance was just ‘casual’.
The actress had even previously revealed their romance started as a one-night stand that just didn’t end.
In 2021 Jodie made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers and joked about how despite getting off to a quick start, their relationship was still going strong.
‘When I first met my husband, we had a one-night stand,’ she told the host. ‘We’re in a two, three-year one-night stand now.’
She went on to tell Seth the story of how they met at a party and both felt an instant connection.
‘First of all, I saw him before he saw me and when I saw him, I was like, ‘I want that,” she said. ‘And then when he saw me, I just pretended like I didn’t see him.’
While she seemed unimpressed with Joshua’s opening line, she explained how he came over and did his ‘cute and charming thing’.
‘All night he followed me around the party,’ The Last Ship actress added. ‘He felt the energy. He felt it.’
The pair began dating in October 2018 and tied the knot in December 2019 after the actress proposed during a New Year’s Eve holiday in Nicaragua, with Joshua ‘instinctively’ saying yes.
Turner-Smith was born in Peterborough to Jamaican parents and lived in the city until she was 10 years old. When her parents Eron and Hilda divorced, she emigrated to the United States with her mother, brother and half-sister, settling in Maryland.
She studied finance at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2008, initially working in a bank.
Jodie was convinced to change career direction after a chance meeting with Pharrell Williams who persuaded her to become a model and move to Los Angeles. She made her acting debut in 2013 when she played a siren in the HBO series True Blood.
The British star rose to prominence after starring in the 2019 film, Queen & Slim.
Joshua has been acting since 1991 and starred as Pacey Witter in the hit teen show, Dawson’s Creek, from 1998 to 2003.
In October 2020, it was announced that Turner-Smith would controversially portray Queen Anne Boleyn in a three-part drama series on Channel 5.
The casting met with a backlash over her race, and when it premiered the following year, she was praised for her performance though critics panned the writing and plot.
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