Actress Cameron Diaz, 45, has recently been the target of inaccurate rumours she is retiring from acting, prompting fans of her prolific film career to ponder why they haven’t seen her in cinemas for four years.
Speaking to Metro UK on March 11, Diaz’s good friend and former co-star Selma Blair said the Charlie’s Angels star had “retired from acting”.
“She’s like, ‘I’m done’,” Blair said. “I mean, she doesn’t need to make any more films. She has a pretty great life. I don’t know what it would take to bring her back. She’s happy.”
Following outcry about Diaz’s abrupt exit from Hollywood, Blair was forced to clarify her comments – insisting it was a joke gone wrong.
“Guys please, I was making a joke in an interview. CAMERON DIAZ is NOT retiring from ANYTHING,” Blair posted on Twitter.
It is true, however, that Diaz has taken a timeout from making movies – her last role was in the remake of musical Annie in 2014.
Speaking to good friend Gwyneth Paltrow at a 2017 event for Paltrow’s website Goop, Diaz revealed the constant travel and work has left her exhausted.
“I felt like what I was doing with my life I knew how to do very well because I had been doing it for decades and it was easy for me to keep busy,” she said.
“I just went, ‘I can’t really say who I am to myself’. Which is a hard thing to face up to. I felt the need to make myself whole.”
The last four years may have been a quiet patch for Diaz professionally, but her personal life has been hectic.
In 2015, she married Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden in a low-key ceremony in their Beverly Hills home after only seven months of dating.
“We got married in our living room in front of our friends,” Diaz told radio host Andy Cohen in 2016. “Had a little party in our backyard on the tennis court.”
It was a whirlwind romance, but Diaz said she knew the moment she met Madden, 39, that he would one day be her husband.
“It was one of those things where everyone tells you, ‘You just know when you know’. I was like, ‘What does that mean?’ Oh, I get it. You just know when you know. Like, you’re my husband,” Diaz said.
The pair are extremely private, with Madden telling The Herald Sun this year: “The less outside elements or influence that there is, the better for anyone. That’s our vibe.”
Although Diaz hasn’t posted on social media since 2016, Madden is prone to the occasional declaration of love on Instagram.
He has shared snaps of their regular Sunday night dinner with his brother Joel and his wife Nicole Richie, as well as photos from he and Diaz’s outings to art galleries and gushing written tributes to his wife – including having her name tattooed across his chest.
“My best friend and everything else,” he captioned a selfie of himself and Diaz in 2015. “There’s so much I could write. I’m the luckiest guy alive – I get to spend the rest of my life right here. I love this woman!”
Diaz hasn’t made a media appearance since 2016, when she was promoting her wellbeing guide, The Longevity Book.
The book was a follow-up to her 2013 bestseller The Body Book, both of them tackling women’s health and ageing, with Diaz sharing her advice on everything from doctor’s visits to sexual satisfaction to friendship.
While she and Madden have no children together, an Us Weekly report earlier this year cited a source who said Diaz was undergoing fertility treatments.
Of course, her time out could also be a result of her no longer needing to work in the traditional sense.
After starring in 44 movies and scoring campaigns with luxury watchmaker Tag Heuer and handbag brand Pour La Victoire, Diaz has amassed an estimated net worth of $US140 million.
With that kind of money, she can afford to take four years – or the rest of her life – off work.