Helen Mirren believed that the bikini snapshot her husband captured of her on the beach would remain a private, intimate moment – but internet didn’t listen

Helen Mirren has definitely earned a legion of fans throughout her more than 50-year career as an actress, and her commitment to ageing naturally has garnered her even more popularity.

Mirren started off in the entertainment industry as a theater actress, joining the Royal Shakespeare Company before making her debut on London’s West End in 1975.

Though, the now-78-year-old didn’t become a household name until later on in her life – she was 35 when she landed her breakout role as a gangster’s girlfriend in ‘The Long Good Friday’ (1980), opposite Bob Hoskins.

Having focused on her career for much of her adult life, finding the right partner and having children wasn’t on Mirren’s radar… Until she met her now-husband – US film director Taylor Hackford.

“I was 38 when I met Taylor, pretty late in life,” she stated in a 2016 AARP interview, recalling how the director had kept her waiting for an audition when they first met. When she eventually landed the part, the pair got to know each other and their relationship grew from there.

Eventually, Mirren and Hackford were able to bond over their similar working class upbringings (her mother was a working class woman whose own family came from a long line of butchers, while Mirren’s father was a Russian aristocrat who escaped to the UK during the Russian Revolution and became a cab driver to support his family).

The future spouses also bonded over their love for traveling, and apparently had a similar view on storytelling, both being in the entertainment industry.

Even though Hackford’s two children from previous marriages supported Mirren’s union with their father, this didn’t change her stance on becoming a mother herself. Though, she did explain that she found Hackford’s dedication to being the best parent to his children rather endearing.

The pair eventually married in 1997, after they came to the realization that they knew they would be together forever. At that point, they’d been together for over a decade.

The infamous swimsuit photo

Fast forward to 2008, and Mirren went viral for an image her husband snapped of her at the beach… Something that stunned fans and even the legendary actress herself!

The married couple had been on a romantic Italian beach vacation when they trekked to a secluded beach spot to take in the breathtaking views in private.

She recalled how she took a photo of her husband and then, in return, he snapped a quick pic of her. Though, Mirren said that the moment she sucked in her stomach when posing, she saw a small flash in the distance and crouched down on the rocks to hide from the apparent paparazzo.

When Mirren’s husband turned around, he couldn’t see the paparazzo, and said his wife was just being “paranoid”. Though, sure enough, the photo taken of Mirren in a red bikini was posted by a tabloid and went viral everywhere.

A few years later the actress told Ellen DeGeneres on the latter’s talk show that the image was just a fluke, saying: “I look at that picture and say, god, I wish I look like that. But I don’t.”

Years later, people are still stunned by the image of Mirren, who was 63 years old at the time it was taken – with many people on the internet commenting that they don’t look half as good as her despite being decades younger!

In 2014, the Oscar winner spoke about the image just before her 68th birthday, telling People: “The truth is I don’t really look that good, it was just a flattering picture.”

She added: “I am beyond the bikini-wearing age, really. I wouldn’t normally wear one. I look like a woman in her 60s. I’ve always looked awful in a bikini, even when I was young.”

What do you think of Helen Mirren’s stunning bikini image? Let us know in the comments!

If you liked this article, then you’ll definitely be interested in reading about how Julie Andrews made a rare public appearance at 87.

Brad Paisley & Kimberly Williams Privately Raise Their 2 Kids in Cozy Log House

Brad Paisley enjoys being a family guy with his actress wife Kimberly Williams and his children while he’s not on the road or in the studio creating new music. In Williamson, the couple resides in their ideal house.

Brad Paisley has always wanted it all: a secure career, kids, a dream home in Williamson, Tennessee, a beautiful wife who was his longtime obsession. It’s reasonable to say that Brad is living the life of his dreams, but it all began with a tiny step and a bag full of dreams.

Born in West Virginia’s Glen Dale, Paisley had a clear idea of his goals in life by the time he was eight years old. Paisley was a huge music enthusiast who amazed his hometown with his skills.

After his first trip to Tennessee, the child was even more certain that music was his calling. Paisley relocated to Tennessee well into maturity, having left behind his early years.

The singer once said that Tennessee was considerably larger and the quantity of talent there may make one realize they were not the finest, therefore he was glad he started in Glen Dale. The “She’s Everything” crooner enrolled at Belmont University, which was close to record labels, to launch his career.

It came to pass that he pursued music in addition to getting a degree. These days, Paisley has moved past his difficult times and is reaping the benefits with his 20-year wife, Kimberly Williams.

Kimberly and Paisley’s RomanceDespite being married for twenty years, Paisley’s romantic history with her dates back to the early 1990s, since he had fallen in love with her before they even met.

When Williams’ song “Father Of The Bride” captured Paisley’s attention in 1991, he was still in his early stages of success. After a difficult breakup four years later, he watched “Father of the Bride II” to help him forget his problems.

It was a bright spot of sunshine to see Williams’ face again, and he found her to be witty and kind. In an interview with Good Housekeeping, he revealed:

“She seems like a fantastic girl—smart, humorous, and all those qualities that are so hard to find,” I thought to myself.

After acclimating to life in the spotlight, Paisley won the ACM award for best male vocalist in 2002. He talked about his breakup and his experiences viewing “Father Of The Bride” in his song “Part II.” This suggested that he was still thinking about Williams.

When their paths crossed in the same year, he invited Williams to appear in the music video for his song, “I’m Going To Miss Her.”

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