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Helena Bonham Carter has 'precious' relationship with ex Tim Burton

Helena Bonham Carter has 'precious' relationship with ex Tim Burton

Helena Bonham Carter believes she and her ex-partner Tim Burton still share something "very precious" between them.

The 49-year-old actress and the 57-year-old actor - who have son Billy, 11, and seven-year-old daughter Nell together - announced last December they had "separated amicably" earlier in 2014 after 13 years together.

But Helena insists she and Tim have maintained a strong friendship and have been able to avoid many of the usual problems associated with break-ups.

Speaking in the November issue of RED magazine, she said: "I could write a thesis on what's happened and it is all-absorbing when a relationship breaks down.

"But I think we're coming through it. I think we'll have something very precious still."

The 'Suffragette' star will always cherish the romance she shared with Tim - who she met while filming 'Planet of the Apes' with him in 2001 - but can accept sometimes couples don't stay together forever.

She added: "Our relationship was always somewhat special, and I think it'll always remain special. We did find each other. And really, the mark of a successful relationship shouldn't be whether you're there forever after. Sometimes you're not meant to be forever together."