Amanda Abbington fears Martin Freeman split caused their children 'irreparable damage'

Julia Hunt
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Amanda Abbington has said she fears her split from Martin Freeman has done “irreparable damage" to the couple’s two children.

The Sherlock co-stars went their separate ways in 2016 after 16 years together.

According to The Sun, Abbington opened up about her worries for their children Grace, 12, and Joe, 15, in an Instagram Live session for the It’s OK mental health campaign.

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Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington arriving for the 2013 British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London.
Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington in 2013 (PA)

“I think it’s unsettling if I pretend I’m this Stepford Wife parent. Nobody is,” she said.

“I’m sure I’ve given them irreparable damage and they will be going to therapy because of me and Martin at some point.”

British actors Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington arrive for the British Academy Television Awards at a central London venue, Sunday, May 18, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbingtonin London in 2014 (Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)

She went on: “If I can teach them to talk about it, say there’s nothing to be frightened of or ashamed of with whatever you’re going through - whether you get drunk or try drugs, whatever you do - this place where we live is a safe place where you can say whatever you like. That’s what I am striving for and what Martin strives for as well - to create a place where they’re not hiding anything.”

The actor, 47, also revealed that she is open with her children about sometimes having “really bad days".

"To hide this for my children, that I get depressed and I'm on antidepressants, what are you saying about all these mental health issues? Are you saying they're offensive and shouldn't happen? I don't want that," she was quoted as saying.

Amanda Abbington arrives for the House of Fraser British Academy of Television Awards at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London.
Amanda Abbington (PA)

Abbington played Mary Watson in the BBC’s Sherlock and starred as Miss Mardle in Mr Selfridge.

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Freeman was Dr John Watson in Sherlock and is also known for playing Tim Canterbury in The Office.

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