Is James McAvoy torn between X-Men: Apocalypse co-star Alexandra Shipp and estranged wife Anne-Marie Duff? The rumours are rife that the actor is getting very close to the actress amid news of his recent split.

The actor, who plays Charles Xavier in the film, was seen getting cosy with the American actress who plays Storm during an X-Men: Apocalypse party. A source from Mirror claimed that the duo was enjoying each other’s company. “It’s no great secret how they’ve got close. James has been quite open among the cast and crew that his marriage was over – and it seems he has struck up a friendship with Alex since then,” said the insider to the news site.

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The source added that while their closeness has been a source of gossip among those involved in the movie, the 37-year-old actor and the 24-year-old actress are trying to keep things low-key.

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As alleged proof of just how close they are, James McAvoy was seen placing his hands on Alexandra Shipp’s hips during the premiere show of X-Men: Apocalypse. The news site stated that the duo became “friendly” on the set of the movie, which shot scenes in Berkshire and Montreal.

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Meanwhile, despite James McAvoy’s supposed budding relationship with Alexandra Shipp, the actor is still living with his wife of nine years despite their split.

In a separate article from Mirror, the actor and Ann-Marie Duff were spotted in the home they still share although they have called it quits. Both were wearing dark glasses as they were seemingly having a conversation and in casual attire. The X-Men: Apocalypse star and his estranged wife were wearing long-sleeved shirts in black and pink, respectively. From the photos published on the news site, they were both preparing to have a bike ride.

The couple announced their decision to divorce over the weekend. They asked for privacy during this phase in their lives as they claimed “shared focus” for caring of their son.