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Minnie Driver explains why her split from Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon was ‘agony’

Minnie Driver has spoken candidly about the “agony” of her public breakup with Matt Damon.

The actors began dating while starring together in the 1997 Gus Van Sants film good will huntwhich became a hit and gave Damon a huge boost to his career.

Damon’s sudden celebrity status put pressure on their relationship, and their split drew a lot of media attention — not least because Damon announced he was single The Oprah Winfrey Showwhat was new for Driver.

Noting the public nature of their breakup, which saw the actress mentioned on the covers of Taloids every time she walked into a store, Driver recounted entertainment tonight: “I don’t care who you are, this is torture and it’s like a weird, surreal dream. But I know he didn’t put the picture there.

“It’s so tricky because it wasn’t intentional, he couldn’t help how famous he became and how his life was hacked the same way mine was,” she continued.

Driver, who has published a book of personal essays entitled Dealing with expectations: A treatise in essaysShe said her family warned her against pursuing a relationship with him after that good will hunt became an unexpected hit.

Minnie Driver and Matt Damon’s relationship ended after the success of Good Will Hunting.

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“My family loved Matt — it wasn’t,” she said. “You could see that young man was really fast and so could I, and when you’re young it’s quite difficult to keep your head straight and your demeanor grounded.

“They said, ‘This can end well for reasons that have to do with all these things coming together in a perfect storm.’ And besides, you shouldn’t date someone you work with.”

Damon was also a co-writer good will hunt opposite Ben Affleck, and the pair won Best Original Screenplay at the 1998 Oscars.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/minnie-driver-matt-damon-b2073626.html Minnie Driver explains why her split from Good Will Hunting co-star Matt Damon was ‘agony’

JOE HERNANDEZ

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