Is Benedict Cumberbatch’s Valentine’s Day wedding a publicity stunt?

Benedict Cumberbatch is rumored to be tying the knot on the most romantic day of the year, but some rabid fans are pretty cynical about the whole thing.

Inside sources say that the Sherlock star and his pregnant fiancée, Sophie Hunter, will marry in an intimate ceremony on Valentine’s Day this weekend on the Isle of Wight in England.

If true, the couple moves fast: They dated just five months before announcing their engagement in The Times of London in November.

“Mr B.T. Cumberbatch and Miss S.I. Hunter,” the clipping read. “The engagement is announced between Benedict, son of Wanda and Timothy Cumberbatch of London, and Sophie, daughter of Katharine Hunter of Edinburgh and Charles Hunter of London.”

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Hunter set tongues wagging in January when she appeared on the 2015 Palm Springs Film Festival Gala red carpet at Cumberbatch’s side sporting what definitely looked like a baby bump, which we now know was definitely the case.

Now, just a month after that, the couple is supposedly tying the knot. Quite a year for the actor, who is also nominated for his first Oscar as Best Actor for his work in The Imitation Game. Convenient that all of these happy things all occurred at the same time!

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A little too convenient, one might say, if one were a Cumberbitch.

The actor has a fiercely loyal legion of Belieber-level fans who think this whole “relationship” is all just a little too hasty, a little too public, and a little too unbelievable. Hoping against hope, they think he does not actually love the woman carrying his child — if she is even really pregnant at all — but that the opportunity for publicity was too tempting, especially during such an important award season in the midst of the hottest period of his career so far. The gallant Brit does the right thing by his lady and marries her when she’s “in trouble,” despite his heart not being in it. This fantasy, of course, leaves room for one of the Cumberbitches to actually be The One.

The problem with this theory is that it makes their idol a really horrible person — the kind of person who uses a woman in a vulnerable position for career advancement. Doesn’t exactly inspire lust, does it?

We wish Benedict and Sophie every happiness as they begin their new life together.


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