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Monica Bellucci And Vincent Cassel Split - End Of Europe's Top Glamor Couple

ANSA (Italy)


PARIS – Italian-born model and movie star Monica Bellucci and her French actor husband Vincent Cassel are breaking up after 18 years together.

The news was confirmed by Bellucci's agent after recent rumors had circulated about their possible separation, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The couple was a long-lasting symbol of how globetrotting glamour and marital happiness could cohabitate. The two stars met in 1996 during the shooting of the Appartement by Gilles Mimouni, and were married three years later in August 1999.

Since then, the pair appeared several times on screen together, including in the controversial film about rape, Irréversible, by Gaspard Noé in 2002.

It is the second divorce for Bellucci, 48, after a brief marriage to Italian photographer Claudio Basso. She is currently shooting Emir Kusturica’s next film in Serbia, while Vincent Cassel, 46, appears to be in France with the couple's two daughters Deva, 7, and Léonie, 3.

Here's a look back at the very European glamor couple...

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Combination photo of the couple taken during photo-calls at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September 2011. Photo: Wang Qingqin - Xinhua/ZUMA

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Cassel in 2009 during the first day of shooting the academy-award winning film Black Swan. Photo: John Barrett - Globe Photos/ZUMA

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The happy-looking couple walking on the red carpet during the third Rome International Film Festival in October 2008. Photo: Alec Michael - Globe Photos/ZUMA

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Bellucci posing for the lauch of her photo book "Monica Bellucci" in Rome in November 2010. She is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Photo: Evandro Inetti - Evandro Inetti/ZUMA

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The Colonial Spirit And "Soft Racism" Of White Savior Syndrome

Tracing back to Christian colonialism, which was supposed to somehow "civilize" and save the souls of native people, White Savior Syndrome lives on in modern times: from Mother Teresa to Princess Diana and the current First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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Good intentions are part of the formula

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Sher Herrera


CARTAGENA — The White Savior Syndrome is a social practice that exploits or economically, politically, symbolically takes advantage of individuals or communities they've racialized, perceiving them as in need of being saved and thus forever indebted and grateful to the white savior.

Although this racist phenomenon has gained more visibility and sparked public debate with the rise of social media, it is actually as old as European colonization itself. It's important to remember that one of Europe's main justifications for subjugating, pillaging and enslaving African and American territories was to bring "civilization and save their souls" through "missions."

Even today, many white supremacists hold onto these ideas. In other words, they believe that we still owe them something.

This white savior phenomenon is a legacy of Christian colonialism, and among its notable figures, we can highlight Saint Peter Claver, known as "the slave of the slaves," Bartolomé de Las Casas, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Princess Diana herself, and even the First Lady of Colombia, Verónica Alcocer.

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