Colin Firth’s New Year with ex-wife he split from after 22 years of marriage

Colin Firth spent the festive season with his estranged wife Livia – after they split last month following 22 years of marriage.

The actor was pictured on New Year's Eve with his arm around Livia as they partied with a group of friends.

The Livia also shared another picture of Colin as he sat outside on a deckchair.

"'How we ended and how we began. Colin and many more ❤️ bye 2019 and helooooooo new decade," wrote the environmental activist.

In December, Colin, 59, and Livia, 50, broke the shock news that they were separating.

It came two years after Mrs Firth was alleged to have a year-long affair with Italian journalist Marco Brancaccia.

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A police investigation followed after Livia claimed Mr Branaccia harrassed her with 'frightening messages'.

Firth is said to have confronted Livia over the 'heartbreaking' emails from her ex-lover in March 2018.

A friend of the Oscar winners claimed: "This guy Marco basically told Colin everything he had been doing with his wife for a year. The email was a detailed diatribe, humiliated Colin and was designed with no other motive than to wound.

"He described intimate meetings that would devastate any husband – no matter what the state of their marriage. And he did so with the misguided and hopeless belief he could destabilise the efforts being made by Colin and Livia to sort things out.

"Colin presented this to his wife and in what must have been a very difficult confrontation. But he is the man that he is and has maintained his dignity throughout."

Mr Brancaccia, 55, told The Times that Mrs Firth had invented the claims to cover up their affair, which happened between 2015 and 2016.

A spokesperson for the Firths released a statement at the time which read: "'A few years ago Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate. During that time Livia briefly became involved with former friend Mr Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited.

"Subsequently, Mr Brancaccia carried out a frightening campaign of harassment over several months, much of which is documented. For obvious reasons, the Firths have never had any desire to make this matter public."

Then in December 2019 it was announced by their publicist that Colin and Livia had split once again.

A statement from their publicists said: "Colin and Livia Firth have separated. They maintain a close friendship and remain united in their love for their children.

"They kindly ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."

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