NEW YORK: Ethan Hawke says that after five years of marriage, his love with Uma Thurman got “beaten up”. “It is very difficult for any couple who are married if both are very ambitious,” the actor says in an interview. “I don’t know if it’s just too hard to be married to a woman that wants to be a movie star. I know that she has that right to want that.”

Being famous has made the breakup itself even harder, too, Hawke says. “While I’m sitting here my marriage is not working. Everybody knows it,” the 33-year-old actor says. “You know, you hate to have your grandfather read about it ... that’s what makes you feel ashamed, you know. ... It’s like, this is our marriage ... and now there’s all these other voices in the room.” He and Thurman, 33, have a daughter and son. — AP