In a new interview with British GQ, the actor said it doesn’t matter who you are, or if you were the one who instigated the divorce or not, the process will always be painful.
“I don’t think you’ll find anyone in the world who would ever say what I’m going through is an easy thing to go through,” the 34-year-old told the publication. “It’s not about whether it was your idea or not, or whether you think it’s the right idea or you don’t. Either way, a separation like this is a seriously seismic event in someone’s life.
“There’s a lot of shifting and a lot of growing pains and a lot of changes. Change is a universal constant. I mean, change is not a bad thing always, but that doesn’t mean it’s painless.”
The couple announced their separation on social media on July 11 after 10 years of marriage, writing in a joint statement, “Thirteen years as best friends, soulmates, partners and then parents. It has been an incredible journey, but together, we’ve decided to turn the page and move on from our marriage.”
Then, just two days later, 38-year-old Chambers filed for divorce from the Hotel Mumbai star, who is the father of her daughter Harper, five, and son Ford, three.
“Elizabeth and I are two adults making this decision and the priority is how do we do it in a way that affects our children the least? Or, at least, how do we help get them through this in a way that mitigates as much consternation or fear or damage on their part, you know?” Hammer said.
In the weeks leading up to their split, the couple and their children were isolating in the Cayman Islands “in a little tiny place”, which Hammer said served to highlight the problems in their marriage.
“I was on an island where the lockdown was so severe that mail couldn’t even come in. I felt so intensely trapped, like a wolf who got caught in a snare and wants to chew his own foot off,” Hammer said. “I was just like, ‘I can’t do this. Get me out of here.'”