Richard E Grant expresses his daily letters to late wife and reluctance to love again after pursuing dating opportunities.

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Richard E Grant has revealed he ‘can’t imagine falling in love again’ after the death of his beloved wife Joan Washington. 

Joan passed away in 2021 aged 74, just eight months after she was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. 

In a new interview, Richard, 66, said he writes to his late wife of 35 years every day as the thought of her not being here is too much to bear. 

The actor, who is the new voice of The Wombles, added while he has tried dating but ‘nobody else has even come near’ to Joan. 

Of his grief, Richard told The Telegraph: ‘I’ve now accepted that I will never understand it trying to imagine not being here is beyond my capacity for thinking. 

Richard E Grant has revealed he 'can't imagine falling in love again' after the death of his beloved wife Joan Washington

Richard E Grant has revealed he ‘can’t imagine falling in love again’ after the death of his beloved wife Joan Washington

‘So, I write a letter to Joan every night about what’s going on, and I find that it feels like I have a physical, tangible, ongoing conversation with her that’s written down, I’ve found that really, really helpful. Anticipating what she might think about this, or what is her opinion about that? Even the most mundane things.’ 

Richard said in the two years since Joan’s death, he has been set up on blind dates by his friends but isn’t looking to meet anyone.

‘I think that what was so extraordinary about her is that I felt like I was truly seen and understood by another human being in a way that nobody else has even come near,’ he said. 

Richard said the idea he could find love again ‘is so hard to conceive of’ he can’t imagine it ever happening again. 

The Saltburn actor added he’s ‘certainly not internet dating’. 

Richard acknowledged while Christmas is certainly a difficult time for the family, it is imperative he keeps up the traditions in which he and Joan set. 

The actor said he will get a tree every year and hang decorations they have made each year since their second daughter Olivia (affectionally known as Oilly) was born. 

Their first daughter, Tiffany, was born premature and died shortly after birth.  

In a new interview, Richard said he writes to his late wife of 35 years every day as the thought of her not being here is too much to bear

In a new interview, Richard said he writes to his late wife of 35 years every day as the thought of her not being here is too much to bear

Richard acknowledged while Christmas is certainly a difficult time for the family, it is imperative he keeps up the traditions in which he and Joan set

Richard acknowledged while Christmas is certainly a difficult time for the family, it is imperative he keeps up the traditions in which he and Joan set 

Last month, Richard paid tribute to his late wife on what would have been their 37th wedding anniversary

Last month, Richard paid tribute to his late wife on what would have been their 37th wedding anniversary 

The actor has been throwing himself into work and is the new voice of The Wombles collaboration for Christmas (pictured with Johnny Vegas)

The actor has been throwing himself into work and is the new voice of The Wombles collaboration for Christmas (pictured with Johnny Vegas) 

Since Joan’s death he has put pictures of them on the tree and so, while she isn’t there, Richard and Olivia ‘feel her spirit’ as they do the things they once did as a three together, as a two. 

Last month Richard paid tribute to his late wife on what would have been their 37th wedding anniversary.

Sharing a post X, formerly Twitter, the actor remembered Joan with a series of photos from over the years.

Alongside the montage, he wrote: ‘Posthumous 37th Wedding Anniversary today. Am profoundly grateful for the decades long partnership I shared with the extraordinary love of my Life, Joan Washington.’

The Wombles will air on Christmas Day on BBC Radio 4 at 6.15pm and it can be found on BBC Sounds. 

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