The man who had an affair with Colin Firth’s wife Livia Giuggioli is responding to her claims that he had stalked her.
Giuggioli and Firth accused journalist Marco Brancaccia last week of stalking after their affair was over. Firth said in a statement that Brancaccia had engaged in “a frightening campaign of harassment.”
Speaking to People, the 55-year-old journalist pushed back on the accusations.
“The reality is that Livia and I have known each other since we were youths, then in 2015-2016 we had an 11-month love affair,” Brancaccia said. “After it ended in June 2016 I never called her again. I did send her two WhatsApp messages, one happy birthday [text message] and an email to Colin, the latter which I truly regret.
“It was sent out in a moment of frustration, sadness — a terrible moment. In the email to Colin, which now in retrospect I truly regret sending, I informed him of the affair I had with Livia. I would never now send that email. It was a terrible mistake, so much so that I even apologized. But to go from that to being made out to be a stalker is just not right.”
Giuggioli and Firth confirmed her relationship with Brancaccia to People, stating that the two had been together during her brief separation from Firth in 2015 and 2016.
“It hurt me very much so I wrote to him and told him everything about our affair. After a couple of days he answered,” Brancaccia said about witnessing Firth and Giuggioli out in public together. “He was polite. He wrote something along the lines of ‘You hurt me, but I understand that you are hurting too.’ After that, I never got in touch with them again.”
As for the nature of his relationship with Giuggioli, he added, “I have no reason to doubt that when she said she loved me and she wanted to be with me, she was being honest,” he says. “But when it came to actions, and I asked her when she would tell Colin, she abruptly ended the relationship.”