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Cate Blanchett has revealed why she lost faith in religion following the death of her father Robert.

The Australian actress, 54, who was just 10-years-old when her father died of a heart attack, turned to religion in the hope it would bring her closer to him.

But when she soon realised it wouldn’t happen, Cate fled church and spent her childhood within nature.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, she said: ‘As a child I wanted a religion. I wanted the strong hand of God to put a hand on my childish shoulders to say “your father is with me. He’s having fun. You’ll see him in 60 years”.’

‘But that didn’t happen. And so as a ten-year-old I fled from the church and moved down to the river and spent my childhood propelled into nature. 

Cate Blanchett, 54, has revealed why she lost faith in religion following the death of her father Robert

Cate Blanchett, 54, has revealed why she lost faith in religion following the death of her father Robert

The Australian actress, who was just 10-years-old when her father died of a heart attack, turned to religion in the hope it would bring her closer to him (Cate pictured in her new movie The New Boy)

The Australian actress, who was just 10-years-old when her father died of a heart attack, turned to religion in the hope it would bring her closer to him (Cate pictured in her new movie The New Boy)

‘If I’d stayed inside the Methodist church I’d have a lot of bad guitar playing, but instead I rode my bike, thinking I was Nancy Drew, down by the Yarra River.’

Her late father married her mother June share Cate as well as a younger brother and a younger sister.

While the loss of her father caused greater heartbreak, Cate’s primary school teacher previously admitted it instilled a ‘fierce work ethic and burning sense of responsibility in her’. 

Her admission comes after she dismissed rumours around the status of her marriage as she stepped out with husband Andrew Upton in London on Thursday.

The couple looked in good spirits as they attended a special event launching her role as creative director of alcohol brand Toku Saké.

Cate shares sons Roman, 19, Dashiell, 21, and Ignatius, 15, as well as adopted daughter Edith, eight, with Andrew, 57 – whom she tied the knot with back in 1997.  

Rumours of marriage trouble swirled when Cate was spotted on several occasions without her wedding ring.

Cate, who has been married to playwright Andrew since 1997, left fans puzzled after stepping out at the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards without her ring. 

But when she soon realised it wouldn't happen, Cate 'fled church and spent her childhood within nature'

But when she soon realised it wouldn’t happen, Cate ‘fled church and spent her childhood within nature’

Speaking to The Sunday Times, she said: 'As a child I wanted a religion. I wanted the strong hand of God to put a hand on my childish shoulders to say "your father is with me. He's having fun. You'll see him in 60 years"

Speaking to The Sunday Times, she said: ‘As a child I wanted a religion. I wanted the strong hand of God to put a hand on my childish shoulders to say “your father is with me. He’s having fun. You’ll see him in 60 years”

She added: 'But that didn't happen. And so as a ten-year-old I fled from the church and moved down to the river and spent my childhood propelled into nature'

She added: ‘But that didn’t happen. And so as a ten-year-old I fled from the church and moved down to the river and spent my childhood propelled into nature’

She stunned at the British film industry event in a maroon Louis Vuitton gown and striking body chain combo. 

However, rather than wearing her white gold and diamond wedding sparkler, the Blue Jasmine star sported a large emerald cocktail ring. 

Her husband didn’t attend the event. 

Curiously, Cate was also spotted ring-free last month, when she attended an event in New York at the Museum of Modern Art on February 6. 

Cate made no attempt at hiding her bare wedding finger as she smiled for photos outside the exclusive event.  

In October 2023, Cate was once again seen without her wedding ring as she sat front row at the Stella McCartney runway show during Paris Fashion Week.

Instead the thespian wore a set of elegant gold bands on her wedding finger.  

Speaking to Woman’s Day magazine, a source close to the couple said Cate’s missing ring has sent off alarm bells about the status of her marriage. 

Her admission comes after she dismissed rumours around the status of her marriage as she stepped out with husband Andrew Upton in London on Thursday

Her admission comes after she dismissed rumours around the status of her marriage as she stepped out with husband Andrew Upton in London on Thursday 

Rumours of marriage trouble which swirled when she was spotted on several occasions without her wedding ring

Rumours of marriage trouble which swirled when she was spotted on several occasions without her wedding ring

‘Seeing Cate without her ring has sent shockwaves through their friends. For the first time they’re wondering if things aren’t so rosy,’ the insider claimed. 

A question mark has been hanging over Cate and Andrew’s marriage for some time now.  

The couple had not been seen out on a date since August, when they were photographed enjoying a sun-drenched holiday in Ibiza, making the launch their first in seven months. 

They also raised eyebrows last month after putting their sprawling mansion in Prahran, Melbourne, on the market. 

The three-bedroom family home, which the couple purchased in 2006, went under the hammer for more than $3million. 

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