Kate Winslet was so cruel during our break-up, says jilted lover
Brief affair: Kate Winslet
Nearly three months after he was unceremoniously dumped by Kate Winslet when she took up with Richard Branson’s party-loving nephew, her former love is still coming to terms with the break-up — and the way he was so brutally discarded.
Speaking publicly for the first time since he was abandoned by the Oscar-winning actress, male model Louis Dowler, 35, says: ‘I don’t think Kate behaved well and it is still very raw for me.’
Famous for her own emotional performances at award ceremonies, Kate, 35, left Dowler close to tears after they went on what should have been a romantic trip to Branson’s Caribbean hideaway on Necker Island this summer.
Instead, it was a disaster. While Katewas hailed a hero for rescuing Sir Richard’s mother, Eve, from the firewhich engulfed the luxurious retreat, Louis was devastated when the trip ended with the actress flying to New York with Ned Abel Smith.
‘I was in love with her and you can’t switch that off overnight,’ Dowler tells me. ‘I’m not sure Kate treated me well.’
For his part Abel Smith, who eccentrically changed his name by deed poll some years ago to Ned RocknRoll, subsequently informed his wife, Eliza Pearson, 23, the sweet-natured daughter of multi-millionaire Viscount Cowdray, that he had fallen for the Titantic star.
While Eliza took it on the chin and decided to divorce him, Louis is still struggling with what happened.
‘Kate came home with me to Cornwall and we just hung out together.
“She met my parents and family,’ he says.
Model behaviour: Kate Winslet, left walks with Louis Dowler in their happier days
‘I thought we were inseparable. I certainly haven’t found anyone else since.’
The Burberry model says that at first he was blissfully happy with Kate when they met after her split from film director husband Sam Mendes, spending time at her 2.5 million New York apartment.
Louis, who was at a party for the Omega boutique at the new Westfield shopping centre in East London, adds: ‘I don’t want to go into details but it wasn’t a straightforward break-up.
“I’m a laid-back guy, so I am not walking around with a long face — but I do still hold a torch for her.’