Anne Hathaway Felt Deep Pain Of Multiple Heartbreaks Before Falling Head Over Heels For Current Husband

May 11, 2022 by apost team

Since playing Princess Mia in "The Princess Diaries,” actress Anne Hathaway has been long overdue for a fairytale ending of her own. She's seen professional success, garnering dozens of awards for her roles in “Love & Other Drugs,” “Les Misérables,” and “Rachel Getting Married.” However, Mia Thermopolis has not been as lucky in love once the camera’s stopped rolling. 

She met rumored romantic interest, Topher Grace in the late 90s. Whether they ever seriously dated is hard to say, but the two at least played a happy couple in “Valentine's Day.” She then allegedly fell in love on-screen while working with Hugh Dancy on “Ella Enchanted.” However, though Dancy played a prince in the film, there was no happily ever after for Hathaway just yet.  

It was rumored she dated Jake Gyllenhaal next. The two starred in "Brokeback Mountain," playing a young married couple; however, both actors maintained they’re merely friends. It was then rumored that Hathaway was dating co-star James McAvoy. It was another potential on-screen romance that blossomed on the set of "Becoming Jane;" however, similarly to Gyllenhaal, both denied that anything special was happening.

Hathaway's next relationship proved to be the most heartbreaking. She began dating Raffaello Follieri in 2004. The handsome Italian real estate developer seemed to finally fill the role of her Prince Charming. In an interview, Hathaway gushed, "It was totally love at first sight...He is sooo good-looking…He looks like a God." However, four years later, Hathaway slowly learned Follieri was more of the villain of her storybook romance.  

Anne Hathaway, Raffaello Follieri (2008), (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images/IMG)

Follieri was by all appearances a shrewd businessman, sporting a lavish lifestyle complete with posh apartments, yachts, jets, and all the glitz befitting an actress of Hathaway's caliber. Over the next few years, Follieri networked his way through the inner circles of both Hollywood and Washington. It wasn't until businessman, Ron Burkle filed suit against him for misappropriating funds that the charade crumbled. Though the suit was settled, the FBI came knocking on Follieri's door and dragged him from his penthouse apartment in Trump Tower in 2008.

Just ten days earlier, Hathaway broke up with her prince, who seemed to suddenly turn back into a frog. The scandal, apart from being personally upsetting, also opened Hathaway up to scrutiny. She maintained she knew nothing of Follieri's dealings, but nevertheless, she still had to turn over her private journals to investigators as part of the case. It seemed Follieri had used Hathaway to earn him entry into the world of celebrities. He eventually plead guilty to fourteen counts of wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering; Hathaway was, of course, never charged and walked away with a broken heart. 

Despite the upheaval, Hathaway soon recovered, alluding to a new mystery man she’d met at the Palm Springs Film Festival. In an interview, she hinted, “This guy I know in L.A. is kind of doing it for me right now.” However, the actress insisted there was no relationship. Yet. She told reporters, “I’m totally single right now...But I happened to meet a sexy guy the other day.”

Anne Hathaway, Adam Shulman (2019), (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic/Getty Images)

Hathaway's beau turned out to be Adam Schulman, an actor-turned-jeweler. Hathaway, who was then working on “Les Mis,” was reportedly distracted by Schulman. She revealed in an interview, “‘I just want to play with [him] and I need to be really sad right now.’” Hathaway’s focus on her role, as Fantine, paid off and Hathaway won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. 

After wrapping, Hathaway remained totally smitten with Schulman. She gushed how, “I knew from the second I met him that he was the love of my life.” Given how soon their relationship started after the Follieri mess, Hathaway revealed that she told Schulman quite frankly, “I believe…that what just happened to me was the exception and not the rule, and that people are good and you are a good person, because I feel it.”

Clearly Hathaway’s trust was shaken, but, with Schulman at her side, she recovered quickly. She joked with David Letterman, "As far as relationships crashing and burning goes, c’mon, I did pretty great." Hathaway credited Emma Stone with inspiring her to continue. The young actress reminded Hathaway, “I need to keep my heart beating and alive and responsive for my job…I need to be achingly alive.”

And what is more an expression of living than a wedding? Hathaway and Schulman stole a moment inbetween press for "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Les Misérables" to wed in 2012 on California’s coast. The two have since had two children and live in a 2.55 million apartment on the Upper West Side, finally a life befitting this member of Hollywood royalty. 

Anne Hathaway (2011), (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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