Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy broke up some years ago but, judging by the things they've been saying about each other in the press these past couple of days, resentment runs deep with them.
The ongoing war of words seems to have started when Jenny said in a recent interview cited by Us Magazine
that Jim basically abandoned her autistic son Evan, to whom he was very close while they were still dating.
Jenny once praised Jim for the relationship he had developed with Evan, saying the two of them were able to communicate in a language she did not understand.
Now, she's more or less accusing her ex of abandoning Evan without as much as a phone call, and despite her honest efforts to make him see that breaking up with her didn't have to mean not seeing the boy anymore.
“I've tried to ask [Jim] numerous times [to see Evan], because my son still asks. I haven't [reached out directly]... I think that sometimes people need to take a real break from each other. But I still love him,” Jenny says.
“I think you can love people from a distance and respect him. But as a mother, you just hope when you have a relationship with someone, it has nothing to do with the child when you break up,” McCarthy explains.
What's even worse, while she's moved on from the failed relationship, Evan still hasn't: he's receiving professional help to understand what went wrong.
“I tell [Evan] that someday you'll cross paths, meet again, [but] it's hard. He's been in therapy. It's a process, he's working on it,” she says.
Having heard of the things his ex has to say about him, Jim Carrey issued a statement to TMZ
to say that she should think of Evan and his wellbeing before talking to the press about such things.
He doesn't deny or confirm any of the things she says, but he does make it pretty clear that he does not agree with the way she's handling the situation.
“I will always do what I believe is in the best interest of Evan's wellbeing. It's unfortunate that Evan's privacy is not being considered. I love Evan very much and will miss him always,” the actor says.
Jim and Jenny broke up almost two years ago after dating for 5 years.