How BIRD Bakery's Elizabeth Chambers Really Feels About Armie Hammer's Scandals

In a story too sensational to seem real, the "Call Me by Your Name" star Armie Hammer rocked Hollywood and his wife of 10 years, Elizabeth Chambers, with a bizarre and horrifying set of scandals. Allegations of BDSM sexual fantasies involving rape and cannibalism, purportedly with text messages to back them up, surfaced in early 2021. BDSM, an acronym for Bondage, Discipline, Sadism, and Masochism, covers a broad spectrum of role-playing, including bondage, sensory deprivation, or humiliation. With boundaries and consent, BDSM is enjoyed by men and women across all ethnic backgrounds and age groups, with 47% of women and 60% of men fantasizing about dominating their partner, according to WebMD.   

As noted in an article by Vanity Fair, Hammer left his extended family in 2020, during the height of the COVID lockdown, in the Cayman Islands. Hammer's departure, seen as abandonment by Chambers, prompted her to file for divorce after also receiving racy text messages from Hammer meant for another woman. Hammer and Chambers were together for 13 years, during which she founded BIRD bakery in San Antonio, Texas. Now in three locations, family recipes from Chambers' maternal grandmother Maureen Carnathan, a respected caterer, are recreated by the actor, model, and television personality turned baker (via San Antonio Magazine).

Being the parents of two small children, the pair have been largely quiet about the rumors. Hammer pulled out of several upcoming films, while Chambers took to Instagram to ask for respect and privacy, per Variety.

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Elizabeth Chambers is focusing on her kids

Elizabeth Chambers wrote an Instagram post to acknowledge how devastated and heartbroken she was by the news surrounding Armie Hammer's extramarital activities, noting how in the dark she was. Asking her nearly 250,000 followers for room to find her path forward, Chambers stated support for all the victims of sexual assault or abuse, urging those who haven't come forward to do so and seek the help they need. According to Vanity Fair, friends of Chambers added that the actress felt humiliated by Hammer's brazen dating soon after their split and his publicized drug use on his social media accounts. Although fearful of the Hammers as she navigates a child custody battle, Chambers is projecting strength for their kids. 

Chambers claimed she was unaware of Hammer's extreme BDSM tendencies. Still, Hammer made several shockingly candid comments to publications and television about his sexual appetite and how he liked to dominate, but he changed after he wed (per Playboy). His passion for knots was highlighted on "The Late Show" when he challenged Stephen Colbert to a knot-tying contest. Hammer even commented to InStyle that he likes to carry rope around to practice tying knots. His hobby, called shibari, is the Japanese art form of bondage using intricate knots to restrain people. Hammer reportedly shared his hobby with a supportive Chambers by using mannequins to practice, which Hammer has referenced sexually online. 

Although the interests are considered kinky to some, none are against the law. So far, Hammer has not been charged with any crimes, including those associated with his cannibalistic fantasies, despite how specific they were (via Vanity Fair).