Claire Danes Reflects on Billy Crudup Leaving Pregnant Mary-Louise Parker for Her: 'I Was Just in Love With Him'

by Antoinette Bueno 12:42 PM PDT, October 05, 2015
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It's been more than a decade since Claire Danes began a relationship with actor Billy Crudup -- who left a then-pregnant Mary-Louise Parker for her -- but obviously, the controversy has had lasting effects.

The 36-year-old Homeland star, who's now happily married to former Hannibal star Hugh Dancy, surprisingly opened up about the 2003 scandal on Howard Stern's Sirius XM show on Monday. Crudup had dated Parker for eight years and the two were expecting their first child together at the time, before he broke up with her while she was seven months pregnant after meeting Danes on the set of the film, Stage Beauty.

"I was just in love with him," Danes recalls about the 47-year-old actor. "And needed to explore that and I was 24... I didn't quite know what those consequences would be."

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"That was a scary thing," she added about the public backlash. "That was really hard. I didn't know how to not do that."

Parker is actually releasing her first book on Nov. 1, titled Dear Mr. You, which will presumably shed some light on the infamous love triangle. The 51-year-old actress' memoir will tell her story through a series of letters written to the most important men in her life.

For her part, however, Danes is finally at peace with the situation.

"It's OK," she reflected. "I went through it."

"We're friendly -- we're friends," she added about her current relationship with Crudup.

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Danes and Crudup dated for three years before splitting in 2006. She's been married to 40-year-old Dancy since 2009, and they have one child together, 3-year-old Cyrus.

ET was actually with a then 15-year-old Danes in 1994, when she was on the brink of superstardom, thanks to her memorable role as Angela Chase on the beloved '90s series, My So-Called Life.

"I just want to be a sane person," she said to ET at the time. "I wanna be a person who has a life and who acts."

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Watch the adorable interview below: