Colin Firth’s Wife Admits to Affair With Italian Journalist
She is accusing man with whom she had relationship of stalking her
The wife of Chiswick-based film actor, Colin Firth has admitted to having an affair with a man she is now accusing of stalking her.
Livia Guiggioli made a complaint to Italian police that 55-year-old Marco Brancaccia, who she had known since childhood, had been bombarding her with messages. It subsequently emerged that Ms Guiggioli had had a brief affair with Mr Brancaccia during a period when she was separated from her husband in 2015 and 2016. They have since reunited and she says that since that point Mr Brancaccia has threatened her with phone calls and texts.
Mr Brancaccia, who works as the bureau chief for the ANSA news agency in Brazil, told the Times newspaper that the accusations against him were being fabricated in an attempt to cover up the affair which lasted a year and that Ms Guiggioli had intended to leave her husband. He says he only ever sent two messages to the couple.
A spokesman for the couple, who have been married for twenty years said, ‘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.’
Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported that Mr Brancaccia began stalking Ms Giuggioli in September 2016 after the affair ended. He is accused of threatening to write compromising articles about her and he emailed photographs to Mr Firth at which point he alerted the Italian authorities.
Mr Brancccia told the Times, ‘My “stalking” consisted of two messages via [the messaging service] 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.
‘In a year she sent me hundreds of messages of love, photos and videos, even a diary.’
He said he regretted involving Colin Firth who he described as ‘understanding’.
March 9, 2018