Mar­got On the rocks

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The Aussie ac­tress’ rocky love-life puts a damp­ener on her ca­reer high

She should be feel­ing on top of the world with her first Os­car win po­ten­tially right around the cor­ner, but be­hind the scenes, Mar­got Rob­bie is deal­ing with heart­break as her mar­riage to as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Tom Ack­er­ley un­rav­els.

The Aussie ac­tress’ bur­geon­ing fame and her Bri­tish hus­band’s re­sent­ment at be­ing seen as “Mr Rob­bie” have re­port­edly been put­ting a ma­jor strain on their re­la­tion­ship for months. Now, a close friend of the cou­ple tells Wo­man’s Day they’re “barely speak­ing”. What’s more, Tom’s walked out!

“Tom’s been strug­gling to deal with Mar­got’s surg­ing fame since they moved to LA, and they’ve been grow­ing apart over the last few months,” the friend says. “Tom’s been re­fus­ing to go to most so­cial or work events with Mar­got, and he walked out on her just a few weeks be­fore her Os­car nom­i­na­tion, which took all the hap­pi­ness out of it for her.”

PRESSURES OF FAME

There have been claims of ten­sion be­tween the two – who mar­ried in By­ron Bay in De­cem­ber 2016 – for a while now, as Mar­got’s red-hot Hol­ly­wood ca­reer con­tin­ues to eclipse her hus­band’s film achieve­ments.

Al­though Tom co-pro­duced I, Tonya with his wife through their pro­duc­tion com­pany Luck­y­chap En­ter­tain­ment, it’s Mar­got who’s

been get­ting all the at­ten­tion and praise for her act­ing. Now, our source says, it’s all be­come too much for 28-year-old Tom.

“He’s been stay­ing with friends, and Mar­got’s best friend has flown into LA to be with her. She’s try­ing to put on a brave face, but in­side she’s heart­bro­ken and telling friends how lonely and iso­lated she feels. She’s even ques­tion­ing her ca­reer now, af­ter what it’s done to her mar­riage.”

The Wolf Of Wall Street star has pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted her hec­tic work­load and the pressures of fame can be over­whelm­ing. “There are ob­vi­ously a lot of times where I’ll have a melt­down and go, ‘I can’t do it any­more,’” she said late last year.

And in a sign her per­sonal life was also un­der strain, Mar­got, 27, ap­peared a touch sen­si­tive when asked about her mar­riage to Tom. “I was do­ing a press con­fer­ence [for I, Tonya] and they kept ask­ing me what it was like to be mar­ried,” she says. “I said, ‘Be­ing mar­ried is not my achieve­ment’ .” While Mar­got in­sists she loves work­ing with Tom be­cause it means they “ac­tu­ally get to spend time to­gether”, there have also been re­ports that some in her in­ner cir­cle be­lieve he’s hold­ing her back. “Mar­got and Tom are hav­ing a tough time with all the haters,” ex­plains an­other source. “The crit­ics think he’s bit­ten off more than he can chew in Hol­ly­wood. Ba­si­cally, there’s a view within cer­tain cir­cles that Mar­got’s out­grown him, pro­fes­sion­ally at least.” Sadly for the cou­ple, their sup­posed mar­i­tal prob­lems don’t end there. The friend tells Wo­man’s Day Tom also started feel­ing a lit­tle con­cerned about all the high-pro­file Hol­ly­wood men Mar­got has be­friended as a re­sult of her lat­est string of roles. And with her mar­riage un­der strain, we’re told Mar­got’s been re­ly­ing on these friend­ships – and those with her girl­friends. Just weeks ago, sources say, the cou­ple got into an ar­gu­ment in front of other guests at the SAG Awards – and she spent much of the night catch­ing up with her hunky Leg­end Of Tarzan co-star Alexan­der Skars­gard.

While Mar­got would never be dis­loyal to her hus­band, it’s not the first time Tom has been ac­cused of be­ing green-eyed when it comes to Mar­got’s lead­ing men, with US sources claim­ing he was up­set by her close­ness to her Sui­cide Squad co-star Jared Leto in 2016.

TRY­ING TO MAKE IT WORK

De­spite this ten­sion, and for now at least, Mar­got is keep­ing up ap­pear­ances and in­sists her hus­band un­der­stands what her un­usual job de­mands of her.

“It would be very hard to ex­plain this job to some­one who doesn’t work in the in­dus­try,” she says.

“Ac­tors date ac­tors be­cause they un­der­stand the job. Dat­ing a crew mem­ber is the same. The hours are weird. There’s the bond you cre­ate with peo­ple on set. It’s a very in­ti­mate set­ting.”

Still, her close friends say she’s “pet­ri­fied” of her mar­riage crum­bling if she and Tom don’t sort out their is­sues – and soon.

“Mar­got loves Tom des­per­ately and wants to make it work,” the friend adds.

“He’s due to be by her side at the Os­cars for his pro­duc­ing role on I, Tonya, but there are ques­tions over whether he’ll even sit with her, as ten­sions are so high.”

‘Tom’s been strug­gling to deal with Mar­got’s surg­ing fame’

...as is her younger brother Cameron.

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