Armie Hammer’s estranged wife has revealed she found out about his allegations of sexual assault and violent cannibalism fantasies at the same time as the rest of the world as she compares her heartbreak to heroin addiction.
Elizabeth Chambers, 40, has broken her silence for the first time over her ill-fated marriage to the disgraced movie star, divulging it was lockdown that tore their relationship apart after Hammer left their family to be with a friend.
In an interview with Elle magazine, she also said she is worried about how Hammer’s behavior will affect their children, asking: ‘Do I want my son to become this? Would I want my daughter to stay in a relationship like this?’
The TV personality and bakery chain owner revealed her ex-husband – who admitted to having an extra-marital affair – shattered her heart into ‘nine million pieces’ but that she is now in a new relationship which is helping her ‘heal.’
Hammer, 36, has been accused by multiple women of sexual assault, emotional manipulation and of having violent kink fantasies involving cannibalism.
Elizabeth Chambers, 40, breaks her silence on her ten-year marriage to Armie Hammer in an interview with Elle Magazine
The Social Network star broke his own silence at the weekend to admit he was an ‘a**hole’ and claimed he had been molested by a pastor when he was 13.
Now his ex-wife Chambers, who filed for divorce in 2020, has weighed in on the allegations as she said: ‘I was learning things as the public was. I was like, ‘There are no words. What the f***?’
She added: ‘ The last thing I ever want to do is let someone else’s actions, which have nothing to do with me, make me angry.
‘It’s not going to help me, and it’s not going to help anyone around me.’
Chambers and Hammer were introduced through mutual friends in 2007 before marrying in 2010.
At the time she was an anchor and correspondent at Al Gore’s now-defunct Current TV, covering immigration and environmental issues, while he was just coming into public prominence following roles in Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives.
They share daughter Harper, who was born in 2014, and son Ford, born in 2016.
Posing in a photoshoot for Elle magazine, Chambers said the controversial headlines surrounding their father was ‘all way too much for two children under eight’.
She paints a picture of a strained marriage during the interview, explaining they once attended a dinner party together and did not talk to one another once.
Their relationship was also mired by allegations of infidelity. Hammer has admitted to having an affair with a woman he met on social media in 2016.
The TV personality in her own right said she learned the news of Hammer’s allegations at the same time as the rest of the world, adding ‘what the f***?’
Chambers revealed she and Hammer were in couples’ therapy for much of their marriage
Chambers, who runs a bakery chain called Bird, said the pair sought the help of famous couples’ therapist Esther Perel who told her ‘heartbreak is literally worse than heroin addiction.’
When asked of Hammer’s sexual fantasies, she declined to comment, simply saying ‘boundaries are everything.’
‘Your partner is learning things about themselves,’ she added.
‘They’re growing, you’re growing, you hope that you’re growing together.’
She also claimed that fame worsened the situation, adding ‘marriage is always going to be difficult’ but their celebrity status ‘magnified’ their problems.
But the final nail in the coffin came during the pandemic, after Hammer left their family in quarantine.
In 2020, the couple were on a boat trip in St Barts and were intending to return home to L.A. when Covid cases began spiking.
Instead they travelled to the Cayman Islands to quarantine with Hammer’s father and stepmother, Misty, along with their children.
Hammer had previously described the situation as ‘very complicated’ and ‘intense’ due to the presence of ‘big personalities all locked in a little tiny place.’
Reflecting on the period now, Chambers told Elle: ‘He was the worst.’
At the time Chambers posted several snaps of the family appearing to look happy together.
In one shot posted on Father’s Day she wrote of Hammer: ‘We’re lucky that you’re ours. We love you.’
Hammer then decided to leave his wife and kids in the Caymans and head back to California where he helped a friend to restore an old motel near Joshua Tree National Park.
Hammer and Chambers, 40, were married for ten years after being introduced by a mutual friend in 2007. Pictured in 2019
The couple share two children – Harper, who was born in 2014, and Ford, born in 2016
Chambers said the move broke her heart ‘into nine million pieces,’ yet she ‘still drove him to the airport.’
She filed for divorce in July that year.
She told the magazine: ‘You can give, you can love, you can be there for someone but you also need to hold people accountable for their actions.’
She added that the thought of her family breaking up was her ‘biggest fear.’
‘You’re building something, right?’ she said.
‘You’re weaving a beautiful tapestry, and the last thing you want is for a knife to come and rip the tapestry in half.’
Chambers has now moved on with a 26-year-old European boyfriend who she claimed is helping to ‘heal my body, my heart and my mind.’
However her sister Catherine, who also spoke to Elle, denied Chambers has ‘fully healed’ from her relationship with Hammer.
‘She is really happy—blissfully happy, in many ways—but this will always be something she’ll have to address,’ she said.
‘She’s got this darkness that’s basically tagging along and tapping her on the shoulder every once in a while.
‘It’s like, ‘Oh, wait. We’ve got to remind everybody that this happened to you and caused damage in your life.’
It comes after Hammer gave an explosive interview to Air Mail about the accusations against him, telling the magazine he was not a criminal.
However he did admit to being an ‘a**hole’ adding he ‘one million percent’ emotionally abused younger women.
Chambers said their marriage was torn apart by the pandemic after they quarantined together in the Cayman Islands. Chambers documented their quarantine on Instagram at the time
Chambers and Hammer are pictured at the ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Paris premiere in 2018. Hammer won a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the film
Hammer and Chambers pictured together in 2018, just two years before their divorce
The shamed star has been heard from and rarely seen since a woman named Effie, 26, accused him in 2021 of having ‘violently raped’ her.
This led to a series of accusations by women involving his interest in kinky sex and even cannibalism.
He has denied the accusations through his attorney and said all of his sexual encounters were ‘completely consensual, discussed and agreed upon in advance and mutually participatory’.
He now claims he is a victim of cancel culture and is planning to stage a comeback.
‘I’m now a healthier, happier, more balanced person,’ he told Air Mail.
‘I’m able to be there for my kids in a way I never was. I’m able to be there for my dad as he’s dying in a way that I would have never been able to be. I’m truly grateful for my life and my recovery and everything. I would not go back and undo everything that’s happened to me.’
Hammer, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in 2017 film Call Me By Your Name, gave the interview because he wants to ‘own my mistakes’ but also say that he doesn’t regret having been publicly shamed. He added the the allegations left him suicidal.
‘I just walked out into the ocean and swam out as far as I could and hoped that either I drowned, or was hit by a boat, or eaten by a shark,’ he said.
However one of his alleged victim’s hit back claiming he is still being ‘manipulative’ and was trying to ‘evoke sympathy.’
Effie Angelova, 26, had accused the 36-year-old actor in 2021 of having ‘violently raped’ her.
Soon after, several other women came forward and accused Hammer of being interested in kinky sex and even cannibalism.
In her Instagram Story Monday night, Efrosina Angelova, ‘Effie,’ told how Hammer’s abuse ‘had affected not only me, but my family.’
She has previously claimed that Hammer ‘repeatedly slammed her head against a wall,’ leaving her with bruises to her face.