“He has always been hell-bent on pulling his own weight but Julia feels they are financially set.” But Moder is loath to give up his career in cinematography.
“Danny does not feel like they have a true partnership,” claims a source. There has never been more strain on their marriage than there is now.”Roberts is also reportedly “high maintenance”, accustomed to having her way after years as a top actresses, even though she is no longer in such demand, usurped by leading ladies such as Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston and Melissa Mc Carthy.
“Moder now resides across the street,” claims one US magazine, while alleging that Roberts “barely spends any time with her husband any more.
It is apparent the marriage is over and the battle over Julia’s £150million fortune is beginning”.
When asked on the red carpet if she had any obsessions Roberts pointed to her spouse and said: “He’s right there.” Wearing a Bottega Veneta gown that night, she added: “And my husband picked it.” Moder replied: “She wears it well.”These are small touches yet they give hope that whatever challenges their marriage may face there is still deep affection between the couple.
Famous for her mega-watt smile, Roberts insists that it is reflective of her daily life off screen.
The exorbitant £4.75million price tag is explained by its location: in the millionaire’s playground of Malibu, just over the road from actress Julia Roberts’ £15million two-acre oceanfront estate.
The modest neighbouring bungalow was bought by the Pretty Woman star last year to add to her vast property portfolio but it has since become the focus of heated Hollywood debate as her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder, increasingly seems to be spending time there. Hollywood insiders are asking – not for the first time – is Julia Roberts’ marriage on the rocks?“I am a genuinely and deeply happy person,” she says.“As life goes on you realise what great fortune that is.Possibly in preparation for a divorce settlement Roberts last year sold a New York penthouse apartment for £3.7million, and a two-bedroom bungalow in Los Angeles for £1.25million.If the couple splits the newly purchased Malibu home could end up becoming Moder’s permanent residence allowing him to stay close to his children without having to live with her.Fears for the marriage were raised when Moder failed to join Roberts in Georgia in February of last year to attend the memorial service for her mother Betty Lou Bredemus, 80, who died of lung cancer.