Helena Bonham Carter is delighted her family life with director Tim Burton is dogged with bizarre rumours - because the weird gossip puts a "protective shell" around their privacy.
The actress and her longterm partner famously live in separate houses next door to each other in London, and she admits their domestic set-up has sparked a reputation they live in an "Alice in Wonderland"-style fantasy world.
But she is adamant the couple is happy fans and critics spread strange rumours about their relationship - because it keeps an air of mystery hanging over them.
Bonham Carter tells Total Film magazine, "(People) think we're the Addams Family! But do you know what? I think all that is rather marvellous. The more myths that follow you, it's a more protective shell around you. You've got to keep the truth private - so the more c**p they write and the more sensational it is, the further it is from the truth. It's a sort of shell of bulls**t."