Actor Damian Lewis Seen With New Girlfriend Musician Alison Mosshart After Wife's Breast Cancer Death
- Actor and singer Damian Lewis, 51, makes public appearance with his new girlfriend, musician Alison Mosshart, 43, in New York City on Saturday.
- The couple confirmed their romance in July.
- Lewis lost his wife, actress Helen McCrory, 52, to breast cancer in April 2021 after 14 years of marriage and two children.
- Breast cancer is typically detected via a mammogram, a screening method that looks for lumps in the breast tissue and early signs of an abnormality.
Lewis made a public appearance with his new girlfriend, American musician Alison Mosshart, 43, in New York City on Saturday, just over a month after confirming their romance.Read More
“’I don’t know how much flak I’m going to get for all of this but of course we are excited for her,” said Mosshart’s mother Vivian, 76, in an interview from her home in Florida with the Daily Mail.
“They have mutual friends. I don’t know exactly how they met but I’m fine with it. If she’s happy, we are happy,” said Mosshart’s mother. “I’m yet to meet him but certainly I’d like to.”
Lewis is known for his role in the hit television drama ‘Homeland.’ Mosshard is also well-known as a lead vocalist for the rock bands The Kills and The Dead Weather.
Her start in music came when she formed the pop-punk band Discount with some friends at the age of 17.
Discount broke up in 2000 and Mosshart formed The Kills – alongside British guitarist Hince in the same year.
Helen McCrory’s Breast Cancer
Lewis’ late wife Helen McCrory died from breast cancer at age 52, after nearly 14 years of marriage.
They had two children together — a daughter Manon, now 15, and son Gulliver, 14.
Breast cancer is typically detected via a mammogram, a screening method that looks for lumps in the breast tissue and early signs of an abnormality.
Women aged 45 to 54 with an average risk of breast cancer (i.e. no family history of the disease) should have mammograms annually. Dr. Connie Lehman, the chief of the Breast Imaging Division at Massachusetts General Hospital, says in an earlier interview, “If you haven’t gone through menopause yet, I think it’s very important that you have a mammogram every year.”
“We know that cancers grow more rapidly in our younger patients, and having that annual mammogram can be lifesaving,” says Dr. Lehman. “After menopause, it may be perfectly acceptable to reduce that frequency to every two years. But what I’m most concerned about is the women who haven’t been in for a mammogram for two, three, or four years, those women that have never had a mammogram. We all agree regular screening mammography saves lives.”
Coping With Loss Of Spouse to Cancer
Losing a spouse to cancer is devastating, and working through grief is an ongoing process. For people with children, like Damian and Helen, it can be especially gut-wrenching for a family to lose a wife and mother in one blow.
Following Helen’s death, Lewis revealed how his late wife urged him to find love again, telling him and their children that she wanted ‘Daddy to have lots of girlfriends.’
Lewis added in the social media post: ‘She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air.’