Leo Helping Kate Through Divorce

Plus, Sam Mendes finds his own special friend

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 17, 2010 7:28 AM CDT

(Newser) – Kate Winslet’s best friend and two-time onscreen lover is helping her through her divorce from Sam Mendes. Leonardo DiCaprio and Winslet “were so young when Titanic came out, so it's fair to say they basically grew up together, professionally at least,” a source tells the Sun. "Kate has always really adored Leo and feels like she can tell him anything,” the source continues. “He's been a rock for her." They last starred together in Revolutionary Road—right around the time Winslet’s marriage started going south.

Meanwhile, the Mirror reports Mendes has found his own special friend: actress Rebecca Hall, whom he cast in two of his plays. Though there’s no sign of cheating, the relationship bothered Kate and was “one of the factors” leading to the demise of the marriage, a friend says.

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio arrive on the red carpet for the European premiere of Revolutionary Road, at a central London cinema, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Edmond Terakopian)
In this Sunday Feb, 24, 2009 file photo, actress Kate Winslet and husband director Sam Mendes arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, Calif.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
In this image released by Paramount Home Entertainment, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are shown in a scene from, "Titanic."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures)
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