As Hawking’s celebrity status grew his marriage became more and more strained, in one interview Jane described her role as “simply to tell him he’s not God.”
In the late 1980’s Stephen became close with one of his nurses, Elaine Mason. This was to the dismay of some of his colleagues due to her sometimes abrasive personality and extreme protectiveness towards Stephen.
In 1990, Stephen told Jane he was leaving her for Mason and departed their family home where he had lived with Jane and their three children. They divorced a few years later and he married Mason in 1995.