Anna Kendrick reveals her ex felt like a "stranger" even though they had embryos together

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Anna Kendrick made some revelations about her former abusive boyfriend on the Armchair Expert Podcast (Image via Instagram/annakendrick47)
Anna Kendrick made some revelations about her former abusive boyfriend on the Armchair Expert Podcast (Image via Instagram/annakendrick47)

Pitch Perfect star and Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick recently appeared on Armchair Expert, where she opened up about her toxic relationship with an ex-lover.

On the podcast hosted by Dax Shepard and Monica Padman, the 37-year-old actress dropped some startling revelations about her former partner whom she went out with for six years. Kendrick told how she had planned a future with him before they split up after things spiraled out of hand.

Anna Kendrick was quoted saying on the Armchair Expert podcast:

"I was with someone — this was somebody I lived with, for all intents and purposes, my husband. We had embryos together; this was my person."

Revealing how her happily-ever-after eventually seemed to be changing, she said:

And then about six years in, about somewhere around there, I remember telling my brother, when things had first kind of gone down, 'I'm living with a stranger.'"

Kendrick reportedly dated English cinematographer Ben Richardson for six years. However, she didn't disclose the name of her former beau despite revealing her tormenting experiences in the abusive relationship.


Anna Kendrick revealed how she attempted to resolve the issues

Having watched her former boyfriend turn into a “stranger,” Anna Kendrick disclosed how she made multiple attempts to make things work. The Scott Pilgrim vs. the World actress said that she even felt like the cause of all problems and started believing herself to be “impossible” to deal with.

Furthermore, she had accepted that she was lucky her then-partner was even dealing with her “bull**t.”

The actress said:

“There was an inherent thing of me being so rejectable that this person who loved me very deeply for six years, it suddenly occurred to him, how awful I was or something. The shame, that lingers much longer.”

When Kendrick tried talking to her ex-partner regarding the sudden change in his personality, he would “scream,” leaving her sobbing every time. The now-estranged couple even tried therapy, but it didn’t make any difference.

However, therapy did help her deal with the toxicity eventually.

Anna Kendrick went to Al-Anon while she was still in that abusive relationship. Amidst all chaos, she even took a break from her work, citing mental health problems.

She further revealed:

“I started seeing two therapists a week, and I started trying to learn to meditate, and I got into Al-Anon, and all of these things ended up being very wonderful things for me in the long run, but initially went into them thinking, ‘Tell me how to stop being crazy. Tell me how to stop feeling anything.’”

Anna Kendrick's past revelations about her performance in Alice, Darling

Last year, the BAFTA nominee starred in Mary Nighy directed Alice, Darling, which garnered her praise and recognition for her performance as a woman in an abusive relationship.

However, before the movie opened at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last year, Kendrick spoke to People magazine about how an "emotionally abusive" relationship inspired her performance in the film. She said:

"I was coming out of a personal experience with emotional abuse and psychological abuse. I think my rep sent it (the screenplay) to me because he knew what I'd been dealing with and sent it along. Because he was like, 'This sort of speaks to everything that you've been talking to me about.'"

Alice, Darling is now expecting a stateside release on January 20, 2023.


Anna Kendrick will next be seen in her directorial debut, The Dating Game. It is said to be based upon the true life story of serial killer Rodney Alcala's winning appearance on a TV matchmaking show in the '70s.

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