The Devil Wears Prada star shared he was initially hesitant to date Felicity, his wife of over a decade, due to their 21-year age gap.
“I kept trying to break it off,” Stanley told BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs. He later elaborated, “I’m 21 years older than she is and I didn’t want to feel old for the rest of my life! But I knew that this was an incredibly special person.”
What’s more, Stanley noted he was “afraid to get into a relationship” with Felicity following the death of his first wife, Kate Tucci, in 2009. However, Felicity’s companionship has been a healing presence for Stanley and the three children he shared with Kate: 23-year-old twins Isabel and Nicolo and 21-year-old daughter Camilla.
“Felicity has been so incredible, taking on a widower and three children whose mother died,” said Stanley, who welcomed son Matteo, 8, and daughter Emilia, 5, with Felicity. “That’s a huge thing at a very young age too. If anybody made things better for all of us, it’s her. She’s the one.”