Los Angeles: Hollywood actress Kate Winslet announced end of her marriage with director Sam Mendes and said her single status is empowering.

The Oscar winning actress ended her relationship with Mendes, her second husband, after nearly seven years of wedlock.

She has now broken her silence about the breakdown of her marriage to Mendes, saying that she is embracing life as a single mum-of-two, a magazine reported.

"It's not just being in a relationship. It's also the fact that I grew up in a family full of people. I've never been lonely. And with (kids) Mia and Joe that remains the case,” she said.

"But to be in this place now where I can say I really like this space. I really need not to have anyone around. It's a surprise to discover that I like being on my own," said the actress.

Winslet was previously married to Jim Threapleton, with whom she has daughter Mia. They divorced in 2001.

(Agencies)