DailyMail 29 July 2013
Stephen Hawking’s first wife has revealed how the world-famous physicist’s illness forced them into their own ‘black hole’ of despair.
Jane Wilde, who was married to the scientist for 25 years, says the couple were ‘engulfed and then swept away by a wave of fame and fortune’.
She added: ‘It got rather too much for me to cope with. We ceased to be happy as before.’
Speaking in a new film to coincide with the release of the award-winning cosmologist’s memoirs, Miss Wilde, the mother of his three children, describes how there were ‘two faces to Stephen’.
‘One was the public wunderkind who had overcome motor neurone and was travelling the world. The other was our home situation where his illness forced us into our own black hole.’