Claire Danes Finally Talks About Her Affair With Billy Crudup And The Backlash That Ensued

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Nine years after she broke up with Billy Crudup and her silence regarding the split, Claire Danes has finally opened up about what she went through in their relationship.

Danes was infamously involved in a love triangle with Crudup and his then girlfriend for eight years, Mary Louise Parker. Crudup left Parker, who was seven months pregnant with their child, to be with Danes.

Crudup and Danes received a lot of backlash from people during that period, but they still chose to continue their relationship.

Danes talked about this and other details in her interview with Howard Stern on his SiriusXM show last Monday. "That was a scary thing," Danes said about how the public reacted negatively toward what happened. "That was really hard. I didn't know how to not do that." But she didn’t sound like she regretted what happened.

In fact, she said it’s an experience which she learned a lot from. "I just was in love with him and needed to explore that and was 24. Didn't quite know what those consequences might be," said Danes. "It's okay. I went through it." Parker, on the other hand will be releasing her first book on November 1, entitled Dear Mr. You, which contains letters from her to important men in her life. Some people expect the book to shed some light on what really happened with her relationship with Crudup.

As for Danes, she’s now happily married to Hugh Dancy and has a son named Cyrus. Danes also shared that she’s still friends with Crudup.

"We're friendly – we're friends," Danes said.

Danes and Crudup started dating in 2003 and broke up three years later after she reportedly cheated on him with her current husband, Dancy.

"That was a choice I made, to fall in love," Danes told Blackbook in 2009. "It's unpleasant to be cast in such an unflattering role, but I just had to remain steadfast."

Val Powell
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