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John Byrne dated Tilda Swinton in the past, but they broke up in 2005. John Byrne dated Tilda Swinton for 16 years. John Byrne is currently dating Jeanine Davies.

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John Byrne

Arts - Artist

Why Famous: Husband of Tilda Swinton

Age: 79 (b. 1/6/1940)


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Tilda Swinton

Entertainment - Actress

Why Famous: "Michael Clayton"

Age: 58 (b. 11/5/1960)

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Tilda Swinton's Relationships (2)

Relationship Timeline

Event Start Date Length
Dating 1989 16 years
Broke Up 2005 --
 Total16 years

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
Xavier11/199721 yrs.MaleBiological
Honor11/199721 yrs.FemaleBiological

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Where and/or how did John Byrne and Tilda Swinton meet?

Swinton met Byrne in 1985 when he had designed the set of a play she was appearing in at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.

Why did John Byrne and Tilda Swinton break up?

They split after Swinton fell in love with Sandro Kopp.

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Classic Quotes by John Byrne and Tilda Swinton about their relationship:

"It's nobody's business. It's our business. It's nobody in the world's business." John Byrne 2/2008
"What is true is that John and I live here with our children and Sandro is sometimes here with us, and we travel the world together. We are all a family." Tilda Swinton 2/13/2008
"John and I have two children; we are together, very happily living in this house. Tilda Swinton 2/13/2008
"We love our children and our children love us. The rest is business." Tilda Swinton 1/2008
"The split is important. I could call it a double life but actually it's really quite integrated. It's just a working life - I go away and then I come back. John is always at home. [We're] the best of chums." Tilda Swinton 2/13/2008
"I have been miscast as living under the same roof as Tilda and Sandro. I've been painted as a benign eccentric who's living there while some guy's s******* his sweetheart. Why would I do that? Let me set the record straight: no way is it a menage a trois. Neither of us would have had any truck with anything remotely like that. People would like to think that, wouldn't they? Bizarre." John Byrne 8/2009
"It's the way we have been for nearly four years. I'm very fortunate. It takes some extraordinary men to make a situation [where she, ex John Byrne, and current partner Sandro Kopp occasionally all stay together] like that work." Tilda Swinton 8/2008
"When I became a mother, this new person was born: Tilda as a mother. But then what of Tilda who wasn't a mother; where was she? There was this strange internal pressure but also an external pressure to ignore her or pretend that she'd gone somewhere. [However, acting allows me] to have more than one life. I don't know how long I would have been able to hold out with no time with my singular self...we light the candles and worship at their shrine. They're in the center of the family." Tilda Swinton 8/2008

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