Winslet made headlines in 2011 when Richard Branson revealed that she helped save his 90-year-old mother from a fire at his Necker Island home. "Many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90-year mum out of the main house to safety," he blogged. Branson's mom, Eve, later clarified
what might have been an exaggeration of events, saying, "she just sort of picked me up and took me down four steps and that was it. I’m sorry, I can’t make a story out of it."