Emily agreed to marry him just weeks after they started dating – when he proposed using a ring made from a paperclip.
But now, four years on from their breakneck courtship, Emily Ratajkowski has split from husband Sebastian Bear-McClard amid claims that he is a serial cheat.
The 31-year-old actress and model, who has topped multiple charts of the world’s sexiest women, is said to be filing for divorce from the 34-year-old film director, who is alleged to have cheated on her several times.
Rumours started swirling when Emily, who gave birth to the couple’s son 16 months ago, was first spotted without her wedding ring last week.
A source who did not mince their words told US publication Page Six: “He cheated. He’s a serial cheater. It’s gross. He’s a dog.”
People magazine then cited a source close to the mum-of-one: “They split recently. It was Em’s decision. She is doing OK. She is strong and focused on her son.”
It’s a stormy end to a romance that was a whirlwind from the start.
Although they had been friends for a few years, they didn’t start dating until February 2018. Within weeks they got engaged, before getting married the very next day.
News of their surprise courthouse wedding on February 23 came just a month after Emily was revealed to have ended a three-year relationship with music producer Jeff Magid.
Recalling Sebastian’s unconventional proposal in a New York restaurant, she said: “He didn’t have a ring, so I was like, ‘Mmm, nah.’
“Then he took the paperclip the restaurant bill was paid with and made me a ring, which I thought was really romantic.”
She joked she thought about it “for about 30 seconds” before saying yes.
They decided to wed immediately but under New York law they had to give a day’s notice. Emily said: “They don’t want you to do the Vegas thing, like you have to think about it for 24 hours.”
So they used the time to make their own rings, buying an ounce of gold in Chinatown before finding a jeweller who stayed open after hours to help them hammer and smelt it into wedding bands.
Emily said later: “They were supposed to be temporary rings, but now I’m very attached and I don’t want to get rid of it.
“I just feel like, after making it yourself, could it be more personal? I mean, really.”
For the ceremony Emily wore a mustard yellow suit from Zara and a wide-brimmed black hat, which she claimed was “all part of my plan to not be noticed”.
But Instagram snaps which she posted the next day made sure the low-key wedding got worldwide attention, and Emily later defended their decision to marry in haste.
Emily said: “We knew each other for a long time before and he likes to joke, ‘Yeah, everyone thinks we got married quickly, but you vetted me for two years’.”
But it seems some of the criticism stung. Emily — who found fame dancing topless in Robin Thicke’s 2013 Blurred Lines music video but declares she is a proud feminist — told Marie Claire: “No one can take women seriously on any choices that they make, especially if they’re unique to them and they don’t play into the way we think women should get married. It’s a constant writing-off.”
After a honeymoon in Utah, Sebastian replaced the paperclip with an engagement ring estimated to be worth £90,000 featuring a two-carat princess-cut diamond alongside a three-carat pear-shaped diamond.
And anyone who doubted the marriage would last a year was rewarded by PDA-packed Instagram posts and a topless snap of Emily showing off her rings on their first anniversary.
Dedicating the photo to her husband, the Gone Girl star wrote: “One year ago today, we headed down to city hall with some of our closest friends.
“What a year it’s been. Marrying you has been one of the greatest joys of my life.”
The couple adopted a puppy, Husky-German Shepherd cross, Colombo, in May 2019, and then welcomed their first child, Sylvester Apollo Bear, in March 2021.
Announcing her pregnancy in Vogue, Emily opened up about her unconventional approach to gender and parenting.
She said: “When my husband and I tell friends that I’m pregnant, their first question after ‘Congratulations’ is almost always ‘Do you know what you want?’
“We like to respond that we won’t know the gender until our child is 18 and that they’ll let us know then.”
She went on to say that she found pregnancy “innately lonely.”
She added: ““My husband likes to say that ‘we’re pregnant.’ I tell him that while the sentiment is sweet, it’s not entirely true.
“I resent that his entire family’s DNA is inside of me but that my DNA is not inside him…My husband has no physical symptoms in ‘our’ pregnancy, another reminder of how different a woman and man’s experience of life can be.”
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