Monday 29 May 2017

Benedict Cumberbatch: 'People are deluded if they think my marriage is just a PR stunt'

Director Sophie Hunter and actor Benedict Cumberbatch wed in England on Valentine's Day.
Director Sophie Hunter and actor Benedict Cumberbatch wed in England on Valentine's Day.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch (R) and director Sophie Hunter attend the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch in the royal box on centre court with his wife Sophie Hunter at Wimbledon 2016
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the European Premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at Leicester Square on December 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch with his wife Sophie Hunter after receiving the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts and to charity during an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on November 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the 'Black Mass' Virgin Atlanitc Gala during the BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images for BFI)
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (R) and his wife Sophie Hunter (L) pose for photographers on the red carpet for the premiere of Black Mass during the BFI London Film Festival
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the Burberry Prorsum show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the Burberry Prorsum show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch with his wife Sophie Hunter after receiving the CBE at Buckingham Palace

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Benedict Cumberbatch is deeply concerned about fans who spread conspiracy theories about his private life on the Internet.

The British actor married theatre director Sophie Hunter in February 2015, with the couple welcoming a son, named Christopher Carlton, later that year.

However, online conspiracy theorists have claimed his marriage is a sham designed to foster good publicity, allegations which Benedict fears are a product of people with a frightening obsession over him.

"There are people who believe that my wife is a P.R. stunt and my child is a P.R. stunt," he tells Vanity Fair magazine. "I think really it's to do with the idea that the 'Internet's boyfriend' can't actually belong to anyone else but the Internet.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the Burberry Prorsum show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the Burberry Prorsum show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016/17 on September 21, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

"It's impossible he belongs to anyone but me. And that's what stalking is. That's what obsessive, deluded, really scary behaviour is."

Despite worrying some fans are infatuated with him, Benedict doesn't mind some of their lighter-hearted fantasies, including one Twitter user who shared her desire to see him eat an apple fritter topless.

"I'm glad I'm bringing a ray of sunshine to an otherwise dull day, being imagined eating fritters shirtless," he says.

The 40-year-old star doesn't understand why he's become a sex symbol though, as he is still unhappy with his looks.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the 'Black Mass' Virgin Atlanitc Gala during the BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images for BFI)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter attend the 'Black Mass' Virgin Atlanitc Gala during the BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images for BFI)

"I don't know, it makes me giggle," he explains. "I don't look at myself in the mirror and go, 'Yeah, absolutely! I see what they're saying!' I see all my faults and everything that I've always seen as my faults."

Benedict's heartthrob status really began in 2010 with his role as cerebral detective Sherlock Holmes in the BBC drama Sherlock.

The actor is now set to play another enigmatic genius on screen, as he stars as Dr. Stephen Strange in new Marvel superhero movie Doctor Strange. The new film hits cinemas on 4 November.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch with his wife Sophie Hunter after receiving the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts and to charity during an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on November 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool / Getty Images)
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch with his wife Sophie Hunter after receiving the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the performing arts and to charity during an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on November 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin - WPA Pool / Getty Images)

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