'I know this sounds like a f**king spiel, but we’ve literally got each other's backs' - Ruth Negga on ex Dominic Cooper
Irish actress Ruth Negga has opened up about her split from long-term boyfriend Dominic Cooper, noting that they've "literally got each other's backs" - and their relationship was over long before anyone heard about it.
"We broke up a very long time ago. It’s just people knew about it recently. You found out a couple of years too late," she tells the new issue of British Marie Claire, on which she covers the September issue.
When asked about their relationship now, especially co-starring together on Preacher, she says: "To be honest, no. I think if you really love someone and care about them, and you’re going to work with them… maybe it doesn’t work for some people, but it just worked for us. We know each other, the way we work, and he’s super-supportive of me.
"I know this sounds like a f**king spiel, but it’s not. We’ve literally got each other’s backs."
Negga went on to explain her affinity for Ireland - since moving to Limerick from Ethiopia when she was four, she moved to London as a teenager before returning to Dublin to study theatre at Trinity before eventually splitting her time between Ireland and the UK for work. Over the years, she noted a change from the country she'd "heard it used to be".
"And Dublin particularly was a forward-propelling, moving city that I could literally feel wanted to change," she said, adding that she was proud of Ireland's recent historic vote to appeal the eighth referendum. "You could sense people wanted to leave behind this old, haunted Ireland. And then came the exposing of abuse in the Magdalene Laundries, and then having the referendum on gay marriage, and then, you know, it’s today, and we have a mixed-race, gay Taoiseach! And now this!"
After soaring to international fame and earning her first Oscar nomination for 2016's Loving, she enjoys her pick of roles and most recently landed the lead in racial drama Passing, which refers to the concept of 'racial passing' and she is staunchly supportive of further diversity in her industry, in particular, more roles of substance for women.
"You can’t hold the tide [of what’s happening with women in the industry] back with a broomstick," she added. "The industry’s been using the excuse of the dollar with women for years, but it was never about the dollar. It was about power. That cold, dead hand that wouldn’t let go. That's changing now."