Kate Winslet has threatened a lawsuit against Fathers4Justice, a fathers’ rights group, after they used comments she made about her parenting arrangement with two of her children’s fathers in Vogue for a Christmastime advertisement. Kate told the magazine that her kids (13-year-old daughter Mia and nine-year-old son Joe) live with her instead of being shuttled between parents.
Kate told the November issue of Vogue:
“People go, ‘Oh, my God! Those poor children! They must have gone through so much. Says who? They’ve always been with me. They don’t go from pillar to post; they’re not flown here and there with nannies. That’s never happened. … My kids don’t go back and forth. None of this 50/50 time with the mums and dads. My children live with me. That is it.”
Referencing these comments, the Fathers4Justice ad would show a picture of the “Titanic” actress with the caption, “Kate, every child deserves a father this Christmas.” They also said they were targeting Kate Winslet for her comments which indicate she does not support “shared parenting.”
Kate’s lawyers have threatened to sue the group for making “misleading and seriously defamatory” comments. The director Sam Mendes, Kate’s ex-husband and father of Joe, also blasted Fathers4Justice in the UK’s Daily Mirror. “It is inappropriate for this organization to involve my family and I when they know nothing of our personal circumstances. Whilst I fully support fathers’ rights, I can happily state this has never been a concern for me or my son.”
However, another ex-husband may have added fuel to Father4Justice’s fire. In 2004, Kate’s other ex-husband Jim Threapleton and the father of Mia, said he felt “very strongly” about their cause because he did not often see Mia when his ex-wife had shooting engagements in other counties. He added that while he did “empathize with the fathers” in Fathers4Justice, he did not agree with the “militant side of what they do.”
Clearly there are issues with fathers who want to be more involved in their children’s lives but cannot be, due to custody agreements or physical distance. That’s a fact of divorce. But it sounds to me like Fathers4Justice has more of an axe to grind similar to the way some “men’s rights activists” do. Going after Kate Winslet for her personal family arrangement — which the group has absolutely no insight into — is unfair and hurtful to her kids.
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