The actress describes break-up of her first marriage as 'horrific'

Kate Winslet has revealed her divorce to assistant director Jim Threapleton, 33, was one of the hardest times of her life.

The 31-year-old says the media turned on her because she was the one in the limelight.

‘Jim and I never publicly talked about exactly what happened and why,’ she says.’Nobody will ever know those things but, to the Press, it was my fault.’

‘It was all down to me because I was seen as the more powerful of the couple. I was the famous person, and he was perceived as the poor little normal underdog I was treating badly.’

In an interview with The Sunday Times Culture magazine she explains the worst thing she had to face was accusations of being a bad mother to their daughter Mia, six.

‘Once article suggested I wasn’t even with my child; that she was with her dad,’ she recalls. ‘And at that stage, it was pretty f***ing tough.’

Kate is now happily married to American Beauty director Sam Mendes, with whom she has a son, Joe, three.

‘Don’t mess with me as a mother,’ she laughs, ‘because I will get a knife and come after you.’