Before meeting Simon Monjack, then screenwriter and director, in 2006, Brittany Murphy went through multiple “heartbreaking situations”, Distraught director Amy heckerling said including a public break up with her Just Married co-featured Ashton kutcher and two broken commitments. Heckerling speculated, “She must have been looking for something.”
And as soon as Murphy met Monjack, their relationship got very serious and they were inseparable.
“She wanted to marry him and I said, ‘Honey, it’s not long enough,'” friend Kathy Najimy recalls, revealing that only her mother supported the whirlwind romance. “I think Sharon was for the wedding… we were all scared and panicked like, who was this guy and what was going on?”
After the couple married in a quiet ceremony in 2007, they became reclusive, according to relatives, rarely leaving their home, here Murphy’s mother Sharon also lived.
“One day her numbers were changed, no one knew where to find her,” Murphy’s longtime friend Lisa Rieffel noted. “Has disappeared. Simon took her. That’s all. He made sure no one could reach him.”
According to Najimy, Monjack “was making all of his decisions, he was clearly making his money. He drove her to work, but while waiting. And whenever there was a break, she would leave and be in the car with him. That ‘ has become more and more restrictive. ”
Sara hammel, a journalist who worked for People magazine at the time, provided details of what she learned about the final months of Murphy’s life.
“Simon and Brittany were basically locked in this house. They did these really weird photoshoots in the middle of the night where he dressed her like a doll,” Hammel said. “She became more and more insecure about her appearance, more and more paranoid that people wanted to have her. Simon had disconnected the landlines, so the only way to reach Sharon or Brittany was to go through Simon. Simon and Brittany would stay up late at night and take stalls then drink coffee and grab rods to go up. They rarely left the house. “