Um, so this is awkward. Several years after Kate Winslet became somewhat of a national hero after there was a fire on Richard Branson's Necker Island and she reportedly carried Branson's mother Eve to safety.
At the time of the blaze, in August 2011, Branson even wrote about the event on his blog:
"Many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90-year[-old] mum out of the main house to safety." he said. He then joked: "She was wondering when a director was going to shout 'Cut!'"
But now Eve, who at 90, is super-inspiring and still runs the in Morocco, has spoken out about the incident in The Observer - and she doesn't think Kate had that much to do with the whole thing. She dismissed Kate's heroism, telling the interviewer that Kate helped her down a couple of steps, and "that was it." Instead, she praised her grandsons for getting her to safety.
"Oh no! I'm sick of this story! It was four or five in the morning and they went around getting everyone out of bed" she said.
"I remember saying, "I'd better put my mac on," because I wanted to cover up and Jack [Eve's grandson] saying "No, not right now."
"'I'd just about got outside and the rain was pouring down and I didn't have my lenses in, but I was making my way out and Kate and her two children were behind me."
'"She just sort of picked me up and took me down four steps and that was it. I'm sorry, I can't make a story out of it."
One thing's for sure - you don't mess with Eve Branson.
On Tuesday 30 August 2011, we wrote...
Kate Winslet has opened up for the first time about the fire on Richard Branson's Necker Island home. The Oscar-winning actress who found fame in disaster movie, Titanic, made headlines last week after it was revealed that she carried Branson's elderly mother Eve to safety after flames engulfed the house that they were staying in. Winslet said: "I will never forget Richard placing his arms around both my children as we were watching the flames, and saying, 'At the end of the day, what you realise is that all that matters is the people that you love. Everything else is just stuff. And none of that stuff matters.'" The 35-year-old actress, who became an unlikely hero after the incident, was holidaying on the Virgin mogul's private island with her two children Mia, 10 and Joe, 7, along with her model beau Louis Dowler. On 24th August 2011, we wrote...
After sensationally rescuing Richard Branson's mother from a fire at the Necker Island home they were staying in, actress Kate Winslet has been offered the chance to train with fire fighters. The Oscar-winning actress was among 20 other guests staying at Branson's luxury Caribbean home when lightning struck the house. However, it is not only Branson who has praised Winslet's efforts as the London Fire Brigade Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dany Cotton also commented, saying: "Kate has shown true bravery. We would love her to visit."
Indeed Cotton then extended a formal invitation to the 35-year-old star to visit its training centre to learn how crews deal with fires. Winslet has since said that she hopes her actions would encourage more women to think about becoming fire fighters, although she has yet to respond to the LFB's offer. On 23 August 2011, we wrote...
Soon after the incident Branson posted on his blog, writing: "Many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90-year[-old] mum out of the main house to safety." He then joked: "She was wondering when a director was going to shout 'Cut!'" The Oscar-winner was among twenty other guests who fled the fire at the Great House on Necker Island, including Branson's 90-year-old mother, Eve, and his 29-year-old daughter, Holly.
Branson, who was staying with his wife and son in another property 100 yards away said: "Around 20 people were in the house and they all managed to get out and they are all fine."
The 60-year-old, who bought the island in the early 1980s, also said: "We had a bad tropical storm with winds up to 90mph. A big lightning storm came around 4am and hit the house. My son Sam rushed to the house and helped get everyone out. The main house is destroyed and the fire is not yet completely out. My office was based in the house and I have lost thousands of photographs, which is very sad."
He added: "It's very much the Dunkirk spirit here. We want to rebuild the house as soon as we can. We have a wonderful staff here and we want them to stay in work. We'll all stay here for the time being. There's a lot of damage and we won't be able to stick it back together again right away. It was a beautiful house."
Winslet, 35, was staying on the island with her daughter Mia, 10, from her first marriage to Jim Threapleton and her son, Joe, 7, by second husband Sam Mendes, whom she is in the process of divorcing.
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