August 15, 2020

Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Martin McDonagh’s busy careers ‘have put a strain on their romance’


Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Martin McDonagh’s careers have reportedly put a strain on their two-year relationship.

The Killing Eve screenwriter, 34, and the director, 50, are said to be finding it hard to stay in contact as they continue to lead busy lives.

According to sources, the notoriously private couple are isolating separately amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Phoebe staying with her music composer sister Isobel, 36, in London, while her beau is believed to be in quarantine in the US.

Claims: Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Martin McDonagh's careers have reportedly put a strain on their two-year relationship (pictured in 2019)

Claims: Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Martin McDonagh’s careers have reportedly put a strain on their two-year relationship (pictured in 2019)

Actress Phoebe rose to worldwide prominence following the success of comedy drama show Fleabag and thriller series Killing Eve, which dominated this year’s awards season with nominations and prizes at the Golden Globes, the SAGs and the Critics’ Choice Television ceremony.

The TV and film star also contributed to the screenplay of James Bond’s 25th installment No Time to Die, expected for release in November.

Playwright Martin, meanwhile, scooped Oscar nominations for his black-comedy drama film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and is set to reunite with his In Bruges duo Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson in The Banshees of Inisheer.

On their relationship, an insider told The Sun on Sunday: ‘Phoebe and Martin have found it hard to stay in touch. It’s been tough. Their careers are busy and they are dragged in different directions.

Strict schedules: The screenwriter, 34, and the director, 50, are said to be finding it hard to stay in contact as they continue to lead busy lives (pictured at the SAGs earlier this year)

Strict schedules: The screenwriter, 34, and the director, 50, are said to be finding it hard to stay in contact as they continue to lead busy lives (pictured at the SAGs earlier this year)

Distance: The couple are isolating separately amid the coronavirus pandemic (pictured in 2018)

Distance: The couple are isolating separately amid the coronavirus pandemic (pictured in 2018)

‘Phoebe decided to isolate at home with her sister, who she gets on well with, and concentrate on work projects.

‘She and Martin have always been low-key but their relationship has taken a back seat.’

MailOnline has contacted Phoebe and Martin’s representatives for further comment. 

Critically acclaimed: The actress rose to worldwide prominence following the success of comedy drama show Fleabag (pictured) and thriller series Killing Eve

Critically acclaimed: The actress rose to worldwide prominence following the success of comedy drama show Fleabag (pictured) and thriller series Killing Eve

Prior to dating Martin, the Solo: A Star Wars Story thespian was married to Irish presenter Conor Woodman from 2014 until 2018. 

Phoebe and Martin first stepped out together in October 2017 when they were spotted at a screening of his hit film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The pair also attended the Golden Globes together in January 2018, with the duo sharing a quick celebratory peck as Martin won Best Screenplay and Best Drama. 

They're back! Playwright Martin, meanwhile, is set to reunite with his In Bruges duo Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson (pictured in the 2008 film) in The Banshees of Inisheer

They’re back! Playwright Martin, meanwhile, is set to reunite with his In Bruges duo Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson (pictured in the 2008 film) in The Banshees of Inisheer

Amid the UK’s lockdown, Phoebe recently revealed she’s isolating with a wall of penises from the set of Fleabag.

The award-winning writer appeared in a virtual interview on The Graham Norton Show as she gave an update on how she’s dealing with the global crisis. 

She joked the phallic plaster sculpture consisting of 12 penises – a prop from the first series of the critically-acclaimed show – are ‘all here, keeping me company’ in her London flat.

Exes: Prior to dating Martin, the Solo: A Star Wars Story thespian was married to Irish presenter Conor Woodman from 2014 until 2018 (Pictured in 2014)

Exes: Prior to dating Martin, the Solo: A Star Wars Story thespian was married to Irish presenter Conor Woodman from 2014 until 2018 (Pictured in 2014)

The Broadchurch star said: ‘My sister and I live here, and when we put [the sculpture] there at first, we were like, it would be temporary.

‘And then, you know when you just put something down at your house, and then you don’t think about it for ages?

‘It just becomes invisible to you, and you forget that you have 12 massive penises at your front door.’



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