The couple were about to tie the knot in 2008 but called the wedding off before the big day.
She continued: ‘In my grandmother’s day, you wouldn’t expect your husband to fulfil the same need in you as your sister, or girlfriends, or colleagues at work.’After the disasters of two great loves, Rosamund now shares her life with former heroin addict and City businessman Robie Uniacke.
He is a big, rather shambolic Old Etonian who is not only 18 years her senior but had two failed marriages behind him and four children when they met in 2010.
Pike played in a number of UK television series, including Wives and Daughters (1999), before scoring an auspicious feature film debut as the glacial beauty “Miranda Frost” in the James Bond film, Die Another Day (2002); when the film was released, she was only 23.
Publicity quotes may be the natural accessory of every new film, even one as acclaimed as the thriller Gone Girl, but it must have taken a great act of will for its star, Rosamund Pike, to talk openly over the past week about marriage.
Having dumped Rosamund, Joe was said to have spent a lot of time with friends in lap-dancing clubs.
The episode had not, however, put him off marriage.
They had met on the set of an earlier film, the Oxford graduate bonding with the dyslexic boy who left school with no GCSEs but proved to be a brilliant movie-maker.
No one had any doubt that Joe and Rosamund were madly in love.
Two years later, he married sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the late Indian music maestro Ravi Shankar. Many would interpret ‘free’ in this context as ‘unwanted’.
And many, too, would feel great sympathy that this successful and much-admired woman can talk about her life with such poignancy and regret. Some friends feared she was set for another romantic disaster when she began stepping out with a marriage veteran and womaniser with a controversial reputation.
Rosamund Pike, notably one of the most talented and top-earning actress in Hollywood, made her screen debut almost two decades ago but was not noticed back then.