Ioan Gruffudd heads to dinner with Bianca Wallace on his birthday

Ioan Gruffudd, 49, links arms with girlfriend Bianca Wallace, 30, as they head to dinner on his birthday – after he failed to resolve bitter custody battle with estranged wife Alice Evans

Ioan Gruffudd put on a loved-up display with his girlfriend Bianca Wallace as they celebrated his 49th birthday at Crossroads Café in Los Angeles on Thursday evening.

The actor cut a dapper figure in a navy blazer which he teamed up with a white T-shirt and stone trousers as well as white trainers, while linking arms with the actress.

Meanwhile, Bianca, 30, put on a leggy display in a black minidress which she accesorised with a brown belt while toting around a charcoal handbag.

Last week, he failed to come to an agreement amid his bitter custody battle with estranged wife Alice Evans over their daughters Elsie, eight, and Ella, 12. 

Emerging: Ioan Gruffudd put on a loved-up display with his girlfriend Bianca Wallace as they celebrated his 49th birthday at Crossroads Café in Los Angeles on Thursday evening

Earlier on Friday, Bianca shared a heartfelt message to her boyfriend via Instagram as she claimed the world is a ‘better place because of you and your kind, gentle heart’.

Bianca – who suffers with multiple sclerosis – made no reference to the recent drama but said that the pair had ‘been through more than most in such a short time together’ in her post. 

Alongside a picture of Ioan standing on a diving board in Cannes, she penned: ‘To the most precious man on the planet… on my new favourite date! Happy birthday to you, my love.

Suave: The actor cut a dapper figure in a navy blazer which he teamed up with a white T-shirt and stone trousers, as well as white trainers, while linking arms with the actress

Gorgeous: Meanwhile, Bianca, 30, put on a leggy display in a black minidress which she accesorised with a brown belt while toting around a charcoal handbag

Happy: Hours earlier, she shared a heartfelt message to her boyfriend via Instagram as she claimed the world is a ‘better place because of you and your kind, gentle heart’

‘The world is, and always will be, a much better place because of you and your kind, gentle heart. ❤️

‘We have been through more than most in such a short time together, but I wouldn’t change anything because of what it created for us. I love you! ❤️

‘Ps. This photo makes me so happy! One year ago today I gave a very shocked Yo his birthday gift – Staying at the glorious Eden-roc! Such beautiful memories.’ 

Ioan went Instagram official with new girlfriend Bianca last October with a post saying: ‘Thank you for making me smile again.’

Careful: Bianca made no reference to the recent drama but said that the pair had ‘been through more than most in such a short time together’ in her post

In their element: The loved-up couple couldn’t have looked happier if they tried

Dazzling: Bianca shot a sparkling smile as she and Ioan looked behind at photographers

Their relationship was met with fury by estranged wife Alice, who wrote at the time: ‘So it turns out my husband, after two years of telling me I’m a bad person and I’m not exciting and he no longer wants to have sex with me . . . has been in a relationship for three years behind my back.’

Neither Bianca or Ioan addressed the cheating allegations publicly but a wardrobe assistant who worked with the pair on the Australian series Harrow denied claims of an affair, claiming that the couple had given her permission to speak out. 

It was revealed on Sunday that Ioan and ex Alice, 54, have seemingly failed to come to an agreement amid their bitter custody battle.

Strolling: They appeared to be in high spirits during the outing

Delighted: They grinned for the jovial evening out

Adorable: Bianca kept her arm firmly linked with Ioan’s

In July, the Liar actor filed for joint custody of his two daughters and asked for custody and visitation rights to see them amid his acrimonious split with his estranged wife.

However, according to court documents, the former couple have failed to settle their differences in family court, despite the help of a mediator.

It comes weeks after Ioan also filed a restraining order obtained against Alice, which bans her from mentioning him on social media for three years following her bitter online rants against him and girlfriend Bianca. 

 

Cute: Alongside a picture of Ioan standing on a diving board in Cannes, she penned: ‘To the most precious man on the planet… on my new favourite date! Happy birthday to you, my love’

The publicly available documents show that Ioan and Alice’s meeting was set for Wednesday 31 August and states that mediation had taken place but that ‘no agreement’ had been reached.

It also states that the former couple have another appointment set for Tuesday 11 October at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles as they continue to try to come to an arrangement over their children. 

The document goes on to confirm that that both Ioan and Alice have completed the mandatory Our Children First program.

The drama continues: It was revealed on Sunday that Ioan and ex Alice Evans, 54, have seemingly failed to come to an agreement amid their bitter custody battle (pictured in 2018)

The Superior Court of Los Angeles states of the program that: ‘Parents are required by law to attend a mediation orientation/parent education program and a mediation session prior to appearing at an Order to Show Cause or Trial regarding the custody and/or visitation of their children.’

MailOnline contacted representatives of Ioan and Alice for comment at the time.

Fantastic Four star Ioan initially has filed for joint custody of his two daughters, months after his estranged wife Alice filed for sole custody amid their bitter divorce.

War: In July, the Liar actor, 48, filed for joint custody of his two daughters Elsie, 8, and Ella, 12, and asked for custody and visitation rights to see them amid his acrimonious split with his estranged wife, 54 (Ioan, Alice and their and daughters pictured )

As well as requesting visitation rights, he claimed in the filing that Evans had been purposely trying to cut communication between Gruffudd and the children. 

He also petitioned that the girls attend in-person therapy and reunification therapy via zoom with him pending court-ordered mediation about custody. 

In the filing, Gruffudd reiterated allegations that Evans had been verbally abusing during their 14-year marriage, and ‘undermin[ing him] in front of the girls throughout their lives.’ 

Tension: However, according to court documents, the former couple have failed to settle their differences in family court, despite the help of a mediator

‘Alice made fun of my appearance often, making hair-loss comments and telling me I had “saggy-vagina eyes,”‘ court papers filed on Friday read. 

He went on to claim that Evans ‘has inflicted serious emotional harm on Ella and Elsie by her statements and by interfering in my relationship with them.’

In a video before the former couple’s separation in January 2021, which Gruffudd presented as evidence in the filing, Evans allegedly told Ella she would be ‘getting a new daddy.’ 

Family: The document goes on to confirm that that both Ioan and Alice have completed the mandatory Our Children First program (Alice and her girls in 2018)

‘In a FaceTime I had with the girls on March 3, Ella said Alice falsely told her that I wanted Alice to commit suicide, and that Ella probably would not have a mummy anymore,’ Gruffudd wrote in the petition.

‘Ella told me, “Daddy, this is making me very sad,” and, “if I don’t agree with her, apparently I am a bad daughter.” 

Evans was married to Gruffudd for 14 years before their messy split last year and they are involved in a lengthy court case in which he accused her of domestic abuse. 

Ioan has also recently taken out a restraining order against Alice in which he hoped the new restrictions would end the public falling out between the pair, whose acrimonious split in March 2021 and consequent slanging matches threatened to overshadow their respective careers. 

Father: Fantastic Four actor Gruffudd filed for joint custody of his two daughters Elsie, eight, and Ella, 12, after his estranged wife, Evans filed for sole custody

However, last month Alice risked violating her restraining order  after once again taking to social media to post about their separation. 

Taking to Instagram, she wrote: ‘I’m working out to try to calm myself down because I am being GASLIT. Freaking GASLIT.

‘With my kids, with the places I usually go to. Everything. I can’t leave the house without being photographed and told that I am fat and horrible whereas ‘B’ is so slim….

She signed off: ‘… I cannot deal for much longer.’ 

Taking action: It comes weeks after Ioan also filed a restraining order obtained against Alice, which bans her from mentioning him on social media for three years following her bitter online rants against him and girlfriend Bianca

A source said of the recent restrictions: ‘Ioan had no choice but to up his legal fight over Alice.

‘She had become increasingly volatile and seemingly intent on destroying his career with her character assassination. He hopes this will put an end to it.’

Ioan was in attendance inside the LA court to witness the Domestic Violence Restraining Order granted, but Alice did not appear.

In new court documents, Ioan claimed Alice continued to cause him issues and wanted additional provisions added to the existing restraining order.

Risk: However, last month Alice risked violating her restraining order after once again taking to social media to post about their separation 

He demanded Alice should not make any posts on any social media account, ‘including but not limited to Instagram and Twitter accounts, disparaging or harassing [Ioan] or the other protected person.’

The other person is listed as Ioan’s new girlfriend, Bianca, who he is said to have started dating shortly after their split.

Plus, he requested Alice not to post his text messages or any other communications to the parties’ children, or the children’s text messages or any other communications to Ioan, on any social media account.

He also asked for the judge to order Alice not to contact his employer or make disparaging statements about him to his employers.

Further in court documents, Ioan said since the restraining order was put in place, Alice ‘has used her social media accounts to continue to harass, threaten, and disturb the peace of both me and my girlfriend, Bianca Wallace.’

Accusations: The mother-of-two, 54, claimed she was being gaslit and being called ‘fat’ and ‘horrible’ compared to ‘B’ – taken to mean Ioan’s new girlfriend Bianca Wallace

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