The Bizarre History Behind Kate Winslet’s Latest Marriage

To a guy named Ned Rocknroll.

Sources have confirmed to People that Kate Winslet married Ned Rocknroll earlier this month, at Virgin magnate Richard Branson’s private island.

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2. First of all, yes: his last name is really Rocknroll. Well, legally.

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But no, it’s obviously not his birth name. He was born Ned Abel Smith.

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3. Also: he’s Richard Branson’s nephew.

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4. The pair first hooked up in August 2011, when they were both guests at Branson’s home on Necker Island.

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This is the same island they got married on.

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5. While they were on the island, there was a terrible fire at the house.

Richard Branson blogged about it. He revealed that he lost the handwritten autobiography manuscript he was working on.

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6. It was also revealed that Winslet carried Branson’s 90-year-old mother out of the burning house.

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7. A few weeks after they got back, they started dating.

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While they were on the island, he had just separated from a 23-year-old wife, and she was also in a relationship with a model. So when they got together it was news.

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8. Leonardo DiCaprio walked Kate down the aisle.

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Make of that what you will.

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9. Rocknroll now works for his uncle at Virgin, doing something related to marketing and/or astronauts.

According to LinkedIn, his specific role is “Head of Marketing Promotion and Astronaut Experience at Virgin Galactic.”

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