Thandiwe Newton was pictured for the first time on Saturday amid reports of her split from husband Ol Parker – and confirmed the end of their 23-year marriage with a very public display of affection with musician Lonr. 

The 49-year-old Hollywood star, dressed in a green print fleece, khaki cargo trousers and bucket hat, gave credence to the whirling speculation that she had parted ways with her director husband by stopping for a passionate kiss and holding hands with the rapper, 25, in Miami. 

The embattled actress, who it has been said is heading to rehab, ditched her wedding ring and diverted her attention from recent adversity by lapping up some time in the balmy Florida temperatures with the California native, whose real name is Elijah Dias.

At 25, Lonr is only a mere four years older than Thandiwe and Ol’s eldest child, their 21-year-old daughter Ripley.

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Thandiwe Newton, 49, packed on the PDA with musician Lonr, 25, as embattled actress ditched her wedding ring in first sighting since reports she’s heading to rehab and has split from husband Ol Parker

Accessorising with a round pair of sunglasses and toting a leopard print bag, Thandiwe, who has also faced an acrimonious exit from Magic Mike 3, appeared in very content spirits as she interlocked her fingers with Lonr’s whilst walking alongside each other. 

The hitmaker, followed by over 57,000 people on Instagram, kept his attire laidback, sporting a black hoodie, maroon trousers and crossbody leather bag. 

The pair filled their weekend with plenty of quality time, which included a spot of retail therapy and winding down with a bite to eat. 

Cosy: The 49-year-old Hollywood star gave credence to the whirling speculation that she had parted ways with her director husband by stopping for a passionate kiss and holding hands with the rapper, 25, in Miami

Pucker up: Thandiwe dressed in a green print fleece, khaki cargo trousers and bucket hat

Cosy: The 49-year-old Hollywood star gave credence to the whirling speculation that she had parted ways with her director husband by stopping for a passionate kiss and holding hands with the rapper, 25, in Miami

No sign: Although Thandiwe sported other jewellery, her wedding ring was absent

No sign: Although Thandiwe sported other jewellery, her wedding ring was absent 

Close: The embattled actress, who it has been said is heading to rehab, diverted her attention from recent adversity by lapping up some time in the balmy Florida temperatures with the California native, whose real name is Elijah Dias

Close: The embattled actress, who it has been said is heading to rehab, diverted her attention from recent adversity by lapping up some time in the balmy Florida temperatures with the California native, whose real name is Elijah Dias

Miami loving: Accessorising with a round pair of sunglasses and toting a leopard print bag, Thandiwe, who has also faced an acrimonious exit from Magic Mike 3, appeared in very content spirits

PDA: She interlocked her fingers with Lonr's whilst walking alongside each other

Miami loving: Accessorising with a round pair of sunglasses and toting a leopard print bag, Thandiwe, who has also faced an acrimonious exit from Magic Mike 3, appeared in very content spirits

Day out: The hitmaker, followed by over 57,000 people on Instagram, kept his attire laidback, sporting a black hoodie, maroon trousers and crossbody leather bag

Day out: The hitmaker, followed by over 57,000 people on Instagram, kept his attire laidback, sporting a black hoodie, maroon trousers and crossbody leather bag

Thandiwe has reportedly been urged to seek mental health support following the break-up of her marriage – and an alleged bust-up with Magic Mike co-star Channing Tatum over Will Smith ‘s Oscars slap – which she has denied.

The star actress has previously told how she has suffered ‘a number of breakdowns’ in her troubled past, as well as discussing her heartbreaking experiences of sexual abuse, racism and bulimia during her time in the industry.

When she was 16 she was groomed by director John Duigan, who was 39 years old at the time.   

The violations by Duigan lasted five years, two of those years were termed a ‘relationship’ after he sought Newton’s parents’ blessing for her to be his girlfriend when she was 18, while asking her to hide their previous intimacy which began when she was just 16.   

The Bafta-winning actress has said the relationship left her feeling ‘self-destructive’ and said she has only spoken about it ‘so teenagers can see they can resist and gain self-awareness’

Speaking to InStyle magazine, Thandiwe claimed Duigan took advantage of her when she was vulnerable.  

She said: ‘I was a very shy, very sweet girl. I wasn’t in control of the situation. Would I have liked things to be different? Sure.

‘But I can now value myself more for the way I got through it. I don’t see myself as a victim.’

‘I was a very shy, very sweet girl. I wasn’t in control of the situation. Would I have liked things to be different? Sure,’ she said to InStyle in a 2011 interview. 

Trouble in paradise? Thandiwe has reportedly been urged to seek mental health support following the break-up of her marriage - and an alleged bust-up with Magic Mike co-star Channing Tatum over Will Smith 's Oscars slap - which she has denied (pictured with Ol in 2018)

Trouble in paradise? Thandiwe has reportedly been urged to seek mental health support following the break-up of her marriage – and an alleged bust-up with Magic Mike co-star Channing Tatum over Will Smith ‘s Oscars slap – which she has denied (pictured with Ol in 2018)

‘But I can now value myself more for the way I got through it. I don’t see myself as a victim. In retrospect, although it was legal because I was 16, I was coerced.’ 

During the first Covid lockdown, she added:  ‘I had a very complicated relationship with sex. It was like I had to give something back for being noticed. Predators and sexual abusers can smell it a mile off.

‘I had a very tough time being a teenager in the film business. It’s not a place for young people unless you have your mum standing by you the whole time and that isn’t possible.’  

Thandiwe has spoken of how an unnamed casting director asked her to touch herself on-camera when she was just 18-years-old.

She said: ‘A director, on a callback, had a camera shooting up my skirt and asked me to touch my t**s and think about the guy making love to me in the scene,’ she told W. 

‘I thought, ‘Ok, this is a little weird,’ but there was a female casting director in the room and I’d done weird stuff before so I did it.’ 

But years later, she discovered the unnamed man had kept her tape and was playing it at poker games for other Hollywood elite.

Following the violating discovery, Thandiwe began to fight the abuse and call it out – an act that cost the actress many jobs.  

‘I was very aware of the climate of sexual abuse that was going on around me, so I became the person you didn’t want to hire because I would call it out,’ she told Marie Claire in 2019.

‘In retrospect, I can see many instances where not only would I not be employed, but other actors and actresses would not necessarily want to be associated with me.’ 

‘Probably the worst thing about having your innocence rocked is what stays with you. The sense of worthlessness, shame—these things are very hard to move on from. But you can,’ she told the outlet.   

The star said she terminated a contract with a publicist who begged her to stop talking about being sexually abused because it was ‘not good for your reputation’.   

Thandiwe said she felt ‘scarred by ‘the way I was exploited and the kind of role and the kinds of things I was expected to do in auditions.’ 

She has since revealed she was once told to stop talking about the assault so that it would not affect her job opportunities.

Past: The actress has previously told how she has suffered 'a number of breakdowns' as well as discussing her heartbreaking experiences of sexual abuse when she was in her teens (pictured 1991 aged 16)

Past: The actress has previously told how she has suffered ‘a number of breakdowns’ as well as discussing her heartbreaking experiences of sexual abuse when she was in her teens (pictured 1991 aged 16)



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