Actress Rebecca Hall with Sam Mendes. Winslet is said to have become ‘frustrated’ by the pair’s friendship.
Kate Winslet is set to move back to England after the breakdown of her second marriage, she has told close friends.
The Oscar winner, 34, is said to be in ‘turmoil’ about the split with director Sam Mendes and is pondering a move back from New York, where she has lived for nearly seven years, to be close to her friends and family.
A source close to the mother-of-two said: ‘Kate is in meltdown mode and doesn’t know quite what to do.
The people she’s close to in New York are mums in schools but she thinks that will all change and her real friends – Emma Thompson, her sister Anna and her parents – are all over in England.
‘Kate feels she needs a support system, but she is torn because doesn’t want to disrupt her kids and is able to be very low key in New York.’
Miss Winslet will shortly return to filming her new HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce in the States.
As the Mail told yesterday, the blonde star had become ‘frustrated’ with Mendes’ close friendship with English actress Rebecca Hall, 27.
Mendes, 44, had spent the past year working with Miss Hall in London and New York on dual theatre productions of The Cherry Orchard and A Winter’s Tale for the Bridge Project.
And Miss Hall has been a ‘shoulder to cry on’ for Mendes as his marriage to Miss Winslet crumbled.
Speaking about Rebecca’s friendship with Mendes, a source close to Kate said: ‘When Kate found out that Sam had grown close to Rebecca she was upset. Rebecca is totally Sam’s type – a thespian mix of brains and beauty.’
A source close to Mendes confirmed to the Daily Mail: ‘Sam and Rebecca are good friends, of course they are, they have spent the better part of a year working together on the Bridge Project. But to insinuate that there is anything further in the friendship is taking it too far.’
Meanwhile, others have claimed that Kate’s split from Mendes, 44, after he told her he could never be with just one woman for the rest of his life.
Kate was apparently left in tears after the noted theater and film director told her in a frank conversation that he did not believe in having just one relationship.
A close friend of the actress told the Mail: ‘Sam had been really withdrawn and had shut himself away from her.
‘They then had this big talk and he told her ‘people can’t be inspired by just one relationship. For me, it’s never going to be about one relationship… life is a series of relationships.’
‘Kate told him ‘For me it is, that’s what I want’, but Sam replied ‘Well, that’s not what I want’ and they both knew the marriage could not go on, it was hopeless.
‘Kate did not want to break up, she had been trying her best to keep things together for months, but in the end it was just too much.’
The couple have a son Joe, six, and Kate’s nine-year-old daughter by her first marriage also lives with them in New York.
The children are currently with the star as she holidays with Emma Thompson in Puerto Vallerta in Mexico.