Hugh Grant finally denounced a long-standing rumor about his marriage with Anna Elisabet Eberstein, which claims the British actor married for a passport rather than for love. Hugh clapped back at those who spread the false claim, taking to Twitter to set the record straight.
According to Hugh, he and Anna married for love, not so Anna could get a passport. On Twitter, Hugh posted a screenshot of a Google search, in which the star typed in “Hugh Grant’s wife,” and received a startling answer just below her name.
“Hugh Grant married Anna Eberstein for passport reason” the Google search revealed, linking to an article by Nicki Swift. The December 2020 article, “The Truth About Hugh Grant’s Wife,” describes a rumor circulating that Hugh and Anna’s 2018 wedding was an easy way to get Anna a passport, rather than to put a pin in the 9-year relationship drama that went from on to off to on again on several occasions.
Hugh was not amused by the claim, writing on Twitter that “No I didn’t, @Internet. I married her because I love her.” He wants there to be no question about his love for Anna Elisabet Eberstein.
While plenty of fans are content with his statement, others are a bit more hesitant to believe him. In one post, likely a joke, one Twitter user asked the feed, “did Hugh Grant forget who his wife is and have to Google it?”
The commenter was likely pulling Hugh’s leg, noting that it was strange that the actor would google who his wife was. Hugh was not amused about that either, it seemed because he was quick to write back. “No,” he replied, “a friend sent it to me.”
The rumor of Hugh’s supposed reason for marrying Anna was not out of the blue. The Nicki Swift article got the idea from something Hugh said while discussing his 2018 nuptials. He explained that “I didn’t like going through immigration into countries where they’d say, ‘Everyone with a Grant passport over here, and all the others through there.’”
Hugh continued, saying that “Anna went through with the nannies. That seemed all wrong.” It was then gleaned by gossipers that Hugh only married for the practical benefits of the law-binding union. It was strange for most people that Hugh and Anna finally tied the knot after nine years of an on-and-off romance, and six years after they had their first child together (they’ve since had two more).
The wedding was kept low-key, too, held at a register office in Chelsea, which was near Hugh and Anna’s £10million current home in West London, which the pair bought shortly after trading vows. For some, the Swedish Anna and the British Hugh were only making things official so Anna could obtain a proper passport.
Hugh insists that is not the case, and fans are inclined to believe him. He is Hugh Grant after all. The passport reason, originally purported by Hugh’s comments on TV, was not the only thing the actor had said about his marriage.
“It’s really nice,” he admitted to Savannah Guthrie on Today a month after the wedding. “I can’t pretend it isn’t. I should have done it before.” That’s enough for most fans, believing that High and Anna are connected by love, rather than an easier way to get past customs.
Hugh shares three children with Anna Elisabet Eberstein, one more than he has with his ex, Tinglan Hong. Both daughter Tabitha and son Felix are shared by Hugh and Tinglan. Despite his rocky relationship history and the notion that he was a permanent bachelor, Hugh prefers being tied down.
“Well, I was wrong,” he said during an interview with Chris Evans on Virgin Radio. “I was just plain wrong. Children, you know, I used to roll my eyes. People would say, ‘Oh Hugh, you don’t understand it,’ and they were right.”