Elizabeth Chambers has spoken openly about her divorce from Armie Hammer days after the American actor broke his silence over a series of abuse allegations.
In 2020, the couple announced they were separating after 10 years of marriage, and allegations emerged in the following months over explicit messages Hammer, 36, allegedly sent on social media, and an allegation of rape by a woman in Los Angeles in March 2021.
Hammer, who vehemently denies all allegations and entered rehab for drug and alcohol abuse in May 2021, recently claimed in an interview with the Air Mail digital newsletter that he would not undo the past two years.
Chambers, who shares a daughter and son with Hammer, has now reflected on the lead-up and aftermath of their split in an interview with Elle magazine published Wednesday.
She said: “I support Armie on his journey and always will. All I’ve ever wanted is for him to be sober, healthy and happy. And that’s him.
“He’s really present when he’s with the kids, and that’s all I can hope for. All you want is for your kids to have two solid parents, right? That’s always the goal, so anything I can do to support that, I will.”
She also revealed that their marriage took its final test when Hammer decided to leave Chambers and their children in the Cayman Islands and head back to California in the early days of the pandemic.
Chambers said: “My heart was broken into nine million pieces and I still drove it to the airport.
“You can give, you can love, you can be there for someone, but you also have to hold people accountable for their actions.”
The 40-year-old founder of the bakery said she heard about the accusations against Hammer “as the public was”, adding: “I thought, ‘There are no words for it. Who cares?’”
Chambers did not comment on her ex-husband’s proclivities or their own sex life in the interview with Elle.
However, she reportedly told the magazine that “boundaries are everything” in a relationship.
“(Over time) your partner learns things about themselves. They grow, you grow; you hope you grow together,” she added.
Chambers now focuses on moving past the relationship by writing a cookbook, working on a TV show and dating a new 26-year-old European friend who is helping to heal “my body, my heart and my mind.”
She added: “The last thing I ever want to do is get angry at someone else’s actions, which have nothing to do with me.
“It’s not going to help me, and it’s not going to help anyone around me.”
She also revealed that she has been doing sessions with a family divorce therapist to help her children adjust to the divorce.
“Do I want my son to be this? Would I want my daughter to stay in such a relationship?” she asked in the interview.
“Of course this is all too much for two children under eight. One day I want them to be able to say, ‘I am independent of what happened in previous generations. I’m aware of it, but I’m the person I’m not because of where I came from.’”
In September, a three-part Discovery+ series titled House Of Hammer, produced by Hammer’s aunt Casey Hammer, featured on-camera interviews with two of Hammer’s alleged victims detailing some of their alleged abuses.
Hammer previously played the Winklevoss twins on The Social Network and starred opposite Timothee Chalamet in the critically acclaimed drama Call Me By Your Name.
In the Air Mail interview published Saturday, Hammer claimed his interest in BDSM stemmed from being sexually abused as a 13-year-old by a youth pastor over a period of nearly a year.
He claimed that the sexual abuse he endured as a young boy “set a dangerous precedent in my life”, leading to his sexual interests being about being in control.
The actor added: “I am now thankful for everything that happened to me. I am now a healthier, happier and more balanced person. I can be there for my kids in a way I never was.
“I am really grateful for my life and my recovery and everything. I wouldn’t go back and undo everything that happened to me.”