Perhaps the key to Barack and Michelle Obama’s successful marriage was counseling.
“Marriage is hard, even for us,” the former First Lady, 54, said on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” this week when talking about going to marriage counseling. “We have a great relationship.”
The couple, who shares daughters Malia and Sasha, have been married for 26 years. But at a certain point, Michelle thought they needed professional help.
“The thing about marriage counseling is, I was one of those wives who [thought], ‘I’m taking you to marriage counseling – so you can be fixed, Barack Obama,’” she recalled. “Because I was like, ‘I’m perfect.’ I was like, ‘Dr. X, please fix him.’”
But the former lawyer got a rude awakening when the counselor turned the tables on her plan.
“And then our counselor looked over at me. I was like, ‘What are you looking at? I’m perfect.’ Marriage counseling was a turning point for me understanding it wasn’t up to my husband to make me happy,” Michelle expressed. “That I had to learn how to fill myself up and have to put myself up higher on my priority list.”
Michelle says she spoke candidly about her marriage in her new memoir “Becoming” to show young people relationships require dedication and hard work.
“I want young people to know that marriage is work,” she added noticing young people label hers and Barack’s marriage as #relationshipgoals. “Even the best marriages require work.”
“If you’re married for 50 years and 10 of them are horrible, you’re doing really good,” she emphasized. “Anybody would take those odds.”
Source: Page Six (Derrick Bryson Taylor)
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