Colin Firth’s wife, Livia Giuggioli is making headlines with her recent confession about her alleged stalker.
The couple filed a complaint earlier this week against Italian journalist Marco Brancaccia and accused him of consistent harassment throughout the year 2016. But Giuggioli revealed that she had an affair with the man she and her hubby accused of stalking her.
According to British newspaper The Times, she accused the Italian journalist of harassing her with “frightening” messages, police has now opened an investigation.
The 57-year-old Oscar winner tied the knot with the 48-year-old film producer back in 1997, the couple claimed the 55-year-old Brancaccia was stalking Giuggioli. Although the journalist denied the allegation made against him, telling the publication that Giuggioli was lying in order to hide their affair, they had between 2015 and 2016.
The couple confirmed the affair, in a statement obtained by People, the statement reads, “A few years ago Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate. During that time Livia briefly became involved with former friend Mr. Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited.”
“Subsequently, Mr. Brancaccia carried out a frightening campaign of harassment over several months, much of which is documented. For obvious reasons, the Firths have never had any desire to make this matter public,” the statement continued.
Firth and Giuggioli share two sons together — Luca, 16, and Matteo, 15.
The statement concluded, “The reporting this week on this case is understood to be the consequence of a leaked court document. This is greatly to be regretted.”
According to ANSA (Brancaccia remains employed by the publication), Brancaccia’s indictment was requested by Italian prosecutors. He denied the accusations to the newspaper, saying Giuggioli was “romantically involved” with him.
He said, “She wanted to leave Colin for me.” He added that the marriage had “been over for years.”
He went on to say, “My ‘stalking’ consisted of two messages via WhatsApp after she ended our relationship in June 2016, and an email. I wrote an email to Colin about my relationship with Livia, which I now regret sending, and she filed a complaint against me for stalking out of fear that I could go public with what she had revealed to me about her marriage and work.”
He added, “In a year she sent me hundreds of messages of love, photos and videos, even a diary,” adding that Firth had shown “understanding.”