We’ve previously covered all the examples of Benedict Cumberbatch’s wife displaying malice towards him in general. That post was so long we had to leave Hunter’s psycho hand fights on the red carpet for a separate post. So welcome to the Psycho Sophie Hunter Master Post: the hand edition. You heard us right, dear readers. Hunter is such a control freak she sometimes refuses to hold his hand. There are two red carpets we’re going to concentrate on, as they offer the greatest and most undeniable evidence of creepiness and hatred that Hunter has for Cumberbatch. Seriously: isn’t there enough ice running through her veins to offset global warming?
The first event was in January 2015 and the second in September. Like all parasites, her strategy to outmanoeuvre her host has evolved too. If this isn’t great evidence Hunter made sure she was knocked up then married Cumberbatch to get her meal ticket and get set up for life, then we don’t know what is. We get the idea she’s finding out being a gold digger isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
To readers who are not big Cumberbatch fans, this can easily do your head in and seem obsessive. TLDR version: how did these two ever have sex? Typically couples figure out the hand holding thing by the end of the first date. These two are still hammering it out after marriage and having a kid which is maybe, maybe not his.
But let’s get started:
The first sighting of Hunter not wanting Cumberbatch touching her goes back to their first appearance together at the NYC premiere of The Imitation Game, when the two were leaving the theatre and as soon as they heard cameras stop snapping, Hunter let go of his hand before she got into the front seat of their vehicle, leaving Cumberbatch to sit in the back alone.
The first finger freakiness though was at the Golden Globe Awards, 11 January 2015. These images below are courtesy of Getty Images. The Report notes there are numbers on the lower left hand corner of each photo and whether they’re chronological is uncertain. You get a clear picture of the non-verbal fight going on between these two before the world’s finest photographers. After the photos we’ve created a slideshow not according to the order of the photo’s numbers but in an order that appears to reflect chronology based on their position under the marquee and who is near them. Click on each photo for their full sizes.
There are four distinct stages:
- Hunter makes a tight fist so Cumberbatch cannot hold her hand. He holds onto her thumb instead (photos 976, 992). (WTF?)
- He decides gripping her closed fist instead of holding her thumb is a better idea (photo 114).
- Cumberbatch uses both his hands to open Hunter’s so he can hold it (photo 294).
- Hunter, to control over Cumberbatch, pulls his hand towards her and grips his hand. Note they are not holding hands: their fingers are not clasping. She is literally gripping his fingers with her entire hand as she pulls it towards him. You can see the underlying anger in the gesture by the look on her face and how tightly her arm is flexed: you can see her bone. (photo 468).
- Photo 472, taken in the middle of this struggle, is the only that seems normal, though neither look happy.
Eight months on, it gets even weirder. At their entrance to the Burberry fashion show in late September 2015, when Hunter thinks she’s in the clear and doesn’t have to hold her husband’s hand in front of the cameras, she maintains her control over him with…a firm grip on his coat instead? We can’t tell if it’s his pocket or the back vent, but it’s certainly a sign of dominance and control. Thanks to tumblr user watch-this-face for this gif:
However you cut it, when Cumberbatch thought the spotlight was off him during the show, he sure looked sad and sullen while she as usual was up herself:
What will the next handhold of aggression be? As Mummy Hunter Dearest likes to say, watch this space, or in spirit of the season, watch this spice…