Jude Law and Sadie Frost’s painful divorce ‘sparked war’ among Primrose Hill set

With their gorgeous looks and A-list friends, Sadie Frost and Jude Law were the It couple of the nineties' Primrose Hill Set, famed for its wild partying and debauched hedonism.

Their sprawling London townhouse was just across the street from Noel Gallagher's infamous party pad, Supernova Heights, putting them at the epicentre of the glittering social scene.

But when their divorce was signed off by London's High Court 16 years ago, it was reportedly the beginning of the end for the clique, which featured the likes of Kate Moss, Oasis, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor.

"Sadie and Jude's split has completely divided a really tight-knit bunch," a source told the Evening Standard back in 2003.

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"The bitterness between them is so strong it is very hard to be friends with both, and people have strong opinions about the split."

The group – who lived in and around the then bohemian and artsy London suburb of Hampstead – had been inseparable; holidaying, partying and house-hopping between themselves.

Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher's notorious party house operated an open-all-hours policy, with Kate Moss and Davinia Taylor even living there for a brief period.

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But after Sadie and Jude's split, the party appeared to be coming to an end.

Noel quit drugs, sold the house and moved out to the countryside with wife Meg Matthews.

"Supernova Heights was great for the time but then there came a point when I thought, 'I need to get out of this,'" he told the Belfast Telegraph.

Pearl Lowe, of Powder fame, escaped to Somerset to get clean, while other 'Set' members such as Ewan and Jude found themselves Stateside as their acting careers soared.

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It had been love at first sight for Jude and Sadie, who met on the set of 1992 Brit flick, Shopping, while she was still married to Spandau Ballet's Gary Kemp.

Such was the force of their attraction that she ended up walking out on their nine-year union to be with the gangly 19-year-old.

"The force of the love I felt for Jude and his intense ambition made me feel out of control," she admitted in her 2010 autobiography, Crazy Days.

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According to Sadie, 54, they hit rough waters early on as his rising career kept them apart.

Then three cruel bouts of post-natal depression following the birth of their children, Rafferty, 23, Iris, 19, and Rudy, 17, saw Sadie spiral to a dark place and created a chasm between them.

"Jude tried to understand, but the more we had to socialise at grand dinner parties in Hollywood, the more I felt my self-esteem slipping away," she wrote.

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"The more I worried about my condition, the more self-obsessed I became and the less attention I gave to Jude. Jude was up for lots more roles and I was still feeling low, struggling to hold the relationship together, feeling threatened."

The end came after a family holiday to Thailand in 2003.

"Jude and I flew to Thailand separately. Right away I knew something was wrong. I knew it was over, the way he looked at me. I was underweight, depressed and scared," Sadie said.

And when they flew to Los Angeles for the Golden Globe Awards, she asked the four words that would end their marriage – "do you love me?"

"He didn't need to reply – I knew the answer. The moment had arrived and I knew the relationship with the man I loved was over," she said.

These days the pair are incredibly close, spending birthdays and Christmases together with their children.

Jude is now married to acclaimed psychologist Phillipa Coen, while Sadie – who is now teetotal and vegan – is in a long-term relationship with Darren Strowger and remains best friends with Kate Moss.

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