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Michael Sheen HITS BACK at claims he wasn’t single when he met pregnant girlfriend Anna Lundberg

Michael Sheen has hit back at claims he was in a relationship when he met pregnant girlfriend Anna Lundberg.

The actor, 50, took to Twitter on Saturday to hit back at speculation he wasn’t single when he met Swedish actress Anna, 25, revealing he split from Aisling Bea, 35, last summer instead of early 2019 as previously speculated.  

He wrote: ‘Wouldn’t normally respond to this kind of thing but for the sake of people I love and who have more important things to focus on right now…

‘I was single from the beginning of last summer until I met my partner Anna who is now going to have our baby. Just for the record. Thanks.’ 

Response: Michael Sheen has hit back at claims he was in a relationship when he met pregnant girlfriend Anna Lundberg (pictured last month)

Response: Michael Sheen has hit back at claims he was in a relationship when he met pregnant girlfriend Anna Lundberg (pictured last month)

Ex: Michael's previous romance was with Come Fly With Me actress Aisling, from April 2018 (pictured May 2018)

Ex: Michael’s previous romance was with Come Fly With Me actress Aisling, from April 2018 (pictured May 2018)

Michael confirmed he was expecting his first child with Anna last month, just two months after they were first romantically linked in May – following a spate of loved-up social media posts.

He was soon congratulated by fans including presenter and Eurovision winner Cheryl Baker who wrote: ‘Massive congratulations to you both, Michael!’

Michael was last linked to actress Aisling, with the pair first beginning their romance in April 2018. 

Aisling and Sheen were spotted at the Olivier Awards in London in April, although they didn’t arrive together or walk the red carpet.

Parents-to-be: The actor, 50, took to Twitter to hit back at speculation he wasn't single when he met Swedish actress Anna, 25, revealing he split from Aisling Bea, 35, last summer

Parents-to-be: The actor, 50, took to Twitter to hit back at speculation he wasn’t single when he met Swedish actress Anna, 25, revealing he split from Aisling Bea, 35, last summer

Tweet: Michael clarified his relationship status before meeting Anna on Twitter

Tweet: Michael clarified his relationship status before meeting Anna on Twitter

Last sighting: Michael and Aisling were seen together in December at a charity event, months after their split

Last sighting: Michael and Aisling were seen together in December at a charity event, months after their split 

An onlooker at the event said: ‘They stayed close all evening and Michael leaped to her defence when a reveller smashed a glass near her, making sure she was OK.’   

They later appeared to confirm their romance by sharing a photograph online of them attending a charity event for refugees in New York.

Aisling, whose mother is a former jockey and late father was a vet, splits her time between Los Angeles and London and has previously featured in BBC show Trollied and the Netflix Comedy Lineup.

Michael’s ex Sarah Silverman revealed he had split from Aisling in September 2018 but the former flames were pictured together in December that year.

Happy news! Michael was delighted to share the news he was going to be a dad again in a tweet with his fans on Twitter last month

Happy news! Michael was delighted to share the news he was going to be a dad again in a tweet with his fans on Twitter last month 

The tweet comes a month after Michael, who already has 20-year-old daughter Lily Mo Sheen with his ex Kate Beckinsale, was delighted to reveal he was going to be a dad again.

He tweeted: ‘Very happy to let everyone know that my partner Anna and I are expecting a little angel of our own. (Just to be clear, we’re having a baby!) #nottheantichrist.’ (sic)

Previously, Michael said parenting is the ‘most challenging’ job yet he revealed it is a necessary and rewarding role. 

He told The Guardian in 2010: ‘I think being a parent is the most challenging thing you do. That’s why we’re here. It’s at the heart of what it is to be a human being. 

‘It’s the ultimate experience because it questions everything about who you are. But it’s difficult. 

Happy families: Michael already raises his 20-year-old daughter Lily Mo Sheen (pictured together in November 2009, California) with his ex Kate Beckinsale

Happy families: Michael already raises his 20-year-old daughter Lily Mo Sheen (pictured together in November 2009, California) with his ex Kate Beckinsale

‘My job takes me away from my daughter, Lily a lot, so when I am with her the time is really important.’

Michael’s representatives declined to comment when approached by MailOnline for further information.   

The Far From The Madding Crowd star has been swept up in a whirlwind romance with Anna since the couple went Instagram official in May. 

New love: It was only revealed last month the couple, who have an age gap of 25 years, were dating, but the pair were romantically linked in May after a series of cosy social media snaps

New love: It was only revealed last month the couple, who have an age gap of 25 years, were dating, but the pair were romantically linked in May after a series of cosy social media snaps 

Anna, who bills herself as a ‘Swedish/NYC actress currently living in the UK’, shared a series of loved-up snaps with Michael as she accompanied him to the New York screening and London world premiere of his new show, Good Omens.

In one smitten snap, a glamorous Anna posed arm-in-arm with a suited and booted Michael in London, with the beauty writing:  ‘What an incredible night to be a part of!

‘Again I’m overwhelmed with pride and couldn’t be happier for Michael & the cast.’

She also shared a photo of the pair holding hands as they watched the fantasy epic. 

Anna also snapped a selfie with the Welsh actor in New York with the caption: ‘So, so, so proud of this angelic face.’ 

The pair’s relationship has apparently gone from strength to strength as the couple enjoyed a ‘glamping’ holiday in West Wales.

Proud: Anna, who bills herself as a 'Swedish/NYC actress currently living in the UK', shared a series of loved-up snaps with Michael as she accompanied him to the New York screening and London world premiere of his new show, Good Omens

Proud: Anna, who bills herself as a ‘Swedish/NYC actress currently living in the UK’, shared a series of loved-up snaps with Michael as she accompanied him to the New York screening and London world premiere of his new show, Good Omens

The new couple also jetted over to sunny Los Angeles in June and Anna snapped a picture of her beau Michael by the Hollywood sign. 

Michael, best known for playing Tony Blair in three separate films, is also famous for his roles in Masters of Sex, The Twilight Saga and Frost/Nixon.  

He has been nominated for a clutch of awards including a BAFTA, an Emmy and an Screen Actors Guild award.

Aspiring actress: Although she is yet to hit the big time, she has appeared in productions of Othello and Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening

Aspiring actress: Although she is yet to hit the big time, she has appeared in productions of Othello and Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening

According to Anna’s website, she completed a three-year theatre programme in Sweden, followed by summer courses at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and Guildford School of Acting.

She also attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

Although she is yet to hit the big time, she has appeared in productions of Othello and Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening.

Hunk: Anna has accompanied Michael to the BBC studios to promote Good Omens

Hunk: Anna has accompanied Michael to the BBC studios to promote Good Omens

Partner: The pair's relationship has apparently gone from strength since May, with Anna and Michael now on a 'glamping' holiday in West Wales

Partner: The pair’s relationship has apparently gone from strength since May, with Anna and Michael now on a ‘glamping’ holiday in West Wales

Couple's break: Anna shared a snap of some beautiful flowers on a table during the romantic break

Couple’s break: Anna shared a snap of some beautiful flowers on a table during the romantic break

LA: The pair also enjoyed a sunkissed trip to LA last month, where Anna snapped this photo of Michael

LA: The pair also enjoyed a sunkissed trip to LA last month, where Anna snapped this photo of Michael

Radiant: Anna showcased her natural beauty in front of the LA skyline during her break with Michael

Radiant: Anna showcased her natural beauty in front of the LA skyline during her break with Michael 

Before that Newport-born Sheen had a four-year romance with comedian Sarah Silverman, which ended in December 2017. 

Last year he revealed that his relationship with Silverman had hit the rocks because he wanted to come back to Britain.

Playful: Anna shared a video of the film star killing a fly with spray during their romantic holiday in Wales

Playful: Anna shared a video of the film star killing a fly with spray during their romantic holiday in Wales

He and Sarah felt in ‘different ways’ that they wanted to ‘get more involved’ in the political climate after Brexit and Donald Trump’s election.  

‘It led to me wanting to address the issues that I thought led some people to vote the way they did about Brexit, in the area I come from and others like it,’ he said.

‘I felt a responsibility to do something, but it did mean coming back here — which was difficult for us, because we were very important to each other.

‘But we both acknowledge that each of us had to do what we needed to do.’ 

Sarah, 48, was the one to reveal Michael had briefly split from Aisling back in September 2018, during a chat on on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The American funnywoman also joked that she still hooks up with British actor Michael when he’s in Los Angeles.

Happier times: Newport-born Sheen had a four-year romance with US comedian Sarah Silverman, which ended in December 2017 (pictured December 2016)

Happier times: Newport-born Sheen had a four-year romance with US comedian Sarah Silverman, which ended in December 2017 (pictured December 2016)

Amicable: Michael has a 20-year-old daughter with Kate Beckinsale who he dated from 1995-2003 (above in 2001)

Amicable: Michael has a 20-year-old daughter with Kate Beckinsale who he dated from 1995-2003 (above in 2001)

An actress, a ballet dancer and a comedian… Michael Sheen’s many loves 

Kate Beckinsale - 1995-2003

Kate Beckinsale – 1995-2003

Michael dated actress Kate, 45, from 1995-2003 after meeting in the play, The Seagull.

They share daughter Lily, now 20.

The couple split with Kate getting engaged to Underworld director a few months later. 

They have maintained a famously amicable relationship. 

Rachel McAdams - 2010 - 2013

Rachel McAdams – 2010 – 2013

Michael dated The Notebook star Rachel, 40, from October 2010 to February 2013

The pair first met when they worked together on Woody Allen’s flick Midnight In Paris.  

They are said to have called  off their romance due to ‘different visions for the future.’ 

Sarah Silverman - 2014-2017

Sarah Silverman – 2014-2017

Newport-born Sheen had a four-year romance with comedian Sarah, 48, which ended in December 2017. 

Last year he revealed that his relationship with Silverman had hit the rocks because he wanted to come back to Britain.

He and Sarah felt in ‘different ways’ that they wanted to ‘get more involved’ in the political climate after Brexit and Donald Trump’s election. 

Lorraine Stewart - 2004-2010

Lorraine Stewart – 2004-2010

Michael sparked up a romance with ballet dancer Lorraine shortly after his split from Kate.

 The couple’s romance went from strength-to-strength with Lorraine accompanying Michael to Buckingham Palace when he was made an OBE in 2009.

They went their separate ways in mid 2010. 

Carrie Keagan - 2013-2014

Carrie Keagan – 2013-2014

 Following his split from Rachel in 2013, Michael sparked up a romance with  glamorous American presenter Carrie Keagan, 39,  which lasted a matter of months.

They first met in May 2011 when he appeared on Carrie’s VH1 show Big Morning Buzz Live. 

 

Aisling Bea - 2018-2019

Aisling Bea – 2018-2019

Michael’s last romance was with Come Fly With Me actress Aisling, 35,  from April 2018 to early 2019. 

In September 2018, Michael’s ex Sarah confirmed their split although they were back on by December.

By March 2019, the pair had split once more with Aisling linked to actor Andrew Garfield. 

 

Discussing her dating life with her ex, Sarah was incredibly positive about her mutual split from The Masters of Sex actor and explained that long distance was to blame but they’re still friends. 

The comedian shared: ‘I was with Michael [Sheen]. We broke up over Christmas. As you know, he moved back to the UK and his life is really there and my life is really not there.’ 

Perhaps sharing a little too much, she added: ‘But I love him to pieces and you know if he’s in town and we’re both single, we will make love.’ 

In February 2018, Sarah announced their split on Twitter, writing: ‘The great @michaelsheen & I consciously uncoupled over Christmas. I mean, not ‘over Christmas’ – like that wasn’t the fight that ended it. No fight. We just live in different countries & it got hard.’ 

‘Felt we should just tell y’all so u stop askin, ‘How’s Michael/How’s Sarah?”’ wrote Silverman, who lives in Los Angeles, whereas Sheen is based out of the U.K. 

Friendly exes: In December 2016 Kate revealed she was so close to Michael that she was planning on spending Christmas with the Welsh actor and Sarah in their Los Angeles home (pictured May 2016)

Friendly exes: In December 2016 Kate revealed she was so close to Michael that she was planning on spending Christmas with the Welsh actor and Sarah in their Los Angeles home (pictured May 2016)

Happy family: Kate and Michael are devoted parents to daughter Lily, aged 20 (pictured April 2016)

Happy family: Kate and Michael are devoted parents to daughter Lily, aged 20 (pictured April 2016)

The pair met while filming Showtime’s Master of Sex Together in 2014. Michael had lived in Hollywood for over a decade but returned to the UK when his daughter Lily turned 18 and began attending college at New York University.

She had previously said how Michael had ‘wanted to go home,’ as ‘he was here to be near his daughter, now she’s off, she’s going to start her own life.’  

Michael has a 20-year-old daughter with Kate Beckinsale and his exes include another Hollywood star, Rachel McAdams. 

Michael and Pearl Harbour actress Kate, 45, dated from 1995-2003, with the pair maintaining a famously amicable relationship.

In December 2016, Kate revealed she was so close to Michael that she was planning on spending Christmas with the Welsh actor and Sarah in their Los Angeles home.

The actress has previously laughed off claims their close bond is strange, saying they’ve been apart longer than they’d ever been together. 

Close bond: The actress has previously laughed off claims their close bond is strange, saying they've been apart longer than they'd ever been together

Close bond: The actress has previously laughed off claims their close bond is strange, saying they’ve been apart longer than they’d ever been together

Kate told ES Magazine: ‘It’s so normal for us. We split up ages ago. We have been not together far longer than we were ever together. But I really love him and like him and we make each other roar with laughter.’  

The Love & Friendship star had nothing but praise for comedian Sarah.

‘I really love his girlfriend as well and we are lucky we both get on, and Lily gets on great with her — having as many strong females in your teenage daughter’s life as possible is a good thing’, she enthused.

The actress said in an interview with InStyle magazine in 2004: ‘We were very lucky in that we didn’t have an acrimonious split.

‘We are still very close and [our daughter] sees us around each other. He’s absolutely one of my most favourite people ever.

‘I love him dearly – I would miss him dreadfully if he wasn’t in my life.’

Long-term love: Following his split with Kate, Michael had a six-year relationship with ballet dancer Lorraine Stewart from 2004-2010 (pictured June 2010)

Long-term love: Following his split with Kate, Michael had a six-year relationship with ballet dancer Lorraine Stewart from 2004-2010 (pictured June 2010)

In 2011, Michael said of his ex: ‘Kate will always be one of the most important people in my life. I have real love for her.’  

Kate has also previously described her relationship with ‘fantastic’ Sarah and Michael as ‘basically family’.

She told Stylist magazine: ‘I don’t know why everyone was so surprised.

‘Sarah’s such a fantastic woman, I love her and Michael and I have gotten on for years now. I’ve known him since I was 22, we’re basically family.

‘The thing that surprised me was what a big deal everybody made about us all getting on and then thinking, ‘F**k, that’s really sad if it’s that unusual.’

Following his split with Kate, Michael had a six-year relationship with ballet dancer Lorraine Stewart from 2004-2010. Lorraine was by his side when he was awarded an OBE in 2009. 

Michael dated The Notebook star Rachel, 40, from October 2010 to February 2013.  

Ex: Michael dated The Notebook star Rachel McAdams, 40, from October 2010 to February 2013 (pictured May 2011)

Ex: Michael dated The Notebook star Rachel McAdams, 40, from October 2010 to February 2013 (pictured May 2011)

Ex: The pair first met when they worked together on Woody Allen's critically-acclaimed Midnight In Paris (pictured April 2012)

Ex: The pair first met when they worked together on Woody Allen’s critically-acclaimed Midnight In Paris (pictured April 2012)

The pair first met when they worked together on Woody Allen’s critically-acclaimed Midnight In Paris.

Speaking previously about the relationship, Rachel had said that while the long-distance aspect of their romance was difficult, they did their best to manage it.   

She said: ‘Michael and I never spend more than three weeks apart – we rack up a lot of air miles – but you have to be quite adaptable in this business whether you are in a relationship or not.

‘Trying to establish roots somewhere is a bit of a joke.’

Rachel added that the key to the couple’s successful relationship is communication, adding: ‘You need to trust each other and be able to talk to each other and be best friends.’

Fling: In 2013, Michael sparked up a romance with presenter Carrie Keagan which lasted a matter of months (pictured January 2014)

Fling: In 2013, Michael sparked up a romance with presenter Carrie Keagan which lasted a matter of months (pictured January 2014)

Meanwhile, Michael had previously said that Rachel is a ‘genuinely lovely lady, as well as being stunningly beautiful and very talented.’

However their relationship was not all been plain sailing, as Michael revealed he quit Twitter because of cruel comments about why such a beautiful woman would date him.

Following his split from Rachel in 2013, Michael sparked up a romance with presenter Carrie Keagan which lasted a matter of months.

Michael was also rumoured to have romanced his Masters of Sex co-star Caitlin Fitzgerald after a photo emerged of them kissing in August 2013 – however a rep told MailOnline at the time the pair were ‘just friends’

Did they? Michael was also rumoured to have romanced his Masters of Sex co-star Caitlin Fitzgerald after a photo emerged of them kissing in August 2013 - however a rep told MailOnline at the time the pair were 'just friends' (pictured August 2015)

Did they? Michael was also rumoured to have romanced his Masters of Sex co-star Caitlin Fitzgerald after a photo emerged of them kissing in August 2013 – however a rep told MailOnline at the time the pair were ‘just friends’ (pictured August 2015)

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