If Cumberbatch’s words on The Graham Norton Show are not a self-defense against September leaks painting him as a negligent father that could only have originated from Hunter, we don’t know what is.
Our readers will recall in late September, in the middle of Cumberbatch’s 6-day-a-week Hamlet run, rumours surfaced Cumberbatch’s 7 month marriage was headed towards a divorce. A week’s worth of ugly articles alleging Cumberbatch was a negligent husband and father, and Hunter the poor victim, a “single mum”, made the rounds of the tabloids.
As in everything, the question should be asked “Who benefits?”
Of course the answer here is Sophie Hunter benefits: she is seen as the abandoned wife and hard-working mother (also recall our source at the Barbican confirms they have one nanny). Add onto that Cumberbatch himself admitted the child was not planned, and he was slated to do Hamlet in 2014 before he began dating Hunter, and it becomes easy to see how any allegations Cumberbatch is not doing his fatherly duties are a malicious manipulation of facts because his hands were tied. The Report would even go so far as to say the unplanned pregnancy (unplanned by him; not be her) may have been currency Hunter used to get what she wanted: “If you do not do xyz, I will leak stories you’re a negligent father even though your 2015 schedule was chocked full before we began dating, and you will have no defense against the allegation. Because your only defense is to admit the baby wasn’t planned, which I know you do not want to do because you spent the last year trying to convince the world it was not.”
And then of course, a month later Cumberbatch admitted the child was not planned: could this possibly be why he admitted it then, to release himself from being threatened about it in future? Indulge us in this speculation: Charlie Sheen came out as HIV positive for this same reason. He was paying people millions in blackmail money so they would not sell photos of his HIV medication to the press and it was draining his fortune. “This ends today,” he said.
Based on the above, The Report concluded months ago these stories could not have been a publicity stunt by Cumberbatch’s publicity team (led by Karon Maskill, who also represents Helena Bonham-Carter et al). If the rumours were true, they were coming from Hunter or someone on her side for her benefit (including financial, as tabloids often pay sources for stories) and to make her look innocent and good.
The Report now concludes those rumours were true. Cumberbatch’s admission the child wasn’t planned confirmed the skeptic’s would-be defense of him, as argued above, that it’s 100% understandable he couldn’t be a hands-on father due to professional obligations worth millions already signed and sealed.
But should you wonder if the rumours were fabricated, read carefully Cumberbatch’s own words on The Graham Norton Show in November 2015:
“I have a new life form that needs his father’s help in the world and his mother needs a little help once in a while. It’s what being a parent is about so it’s not an excuse to get away from what I am doing — it’s what I ought to be doing. After three and half hours of Hamlet, I think that’s okay.”
If these words are not a response to the September tabloid articles, we don’t know what is.
The question now becomes: why would Hunter or someone doing her dirty work leak such a tawdry story? It’s not the world’s business they bicker and she thinks he’s abandoning his family. Was the end game to make him look like a bad father and nothing more? The Report doesn’t think so. It seems too petty and short-sighted: The Report thinks the negligent father accusation was a pawn for something else Hunter wants. What that is, is anyone’s guess. There is something else at play, though; it lurks in the background in the many tabloid leaks about Cumberbatch’s private life that seem to have come from Klan Hunter.
Lastly, to respond to Cumberbatch: The Report’s opinion we think it’s not okay, especially when there is a nanny to help the mother and you’d signed on to play Hamlet in early 2014, months before you began dating Hunter. She could have had an abortion, or you could have cancelled the Barbican run. It’s manipulative, evil, and shirking responsibility to lay blame on the one person in the marriage with an actual career.
Articles courtesy of Celebitchy, Just Jared, and CelebDirtyLaundry.