Michelle Obama Shares She ‘Couldn’t Stand’ Husband Barack for a Decade of Their Marriage
Michelle Obama is opening up with more details about her life with her husband former President Barack Obama. The former first lady sat down with Kelly Rowland, H.E.R., Winnie Harlow and Beyoncé’s mother Tina Knowles-Lawson at a round-table forum where they talked about love and marriage.
"People think I’m being catty by saying this – it’s like, there were 10 years where I couldn’t stand my husband,” she told a round-table forum. “And guess when it happened? When those kids were little.”
Mrs. Obama shared that there was an imbalance in her marriage to the former president who was building a political career as she was the primary caregiver of their daughters, Malia and Sasha who are now 24 and 21 years old respectively.
“And for 10 years while we’re trying to build our careers and, you know, worrying about school and who’s doing what and what, I was like, ‘Ugh, this isn’t even,’” Obama said, according to The Guardian. “And guess what? Marriage isn’t 50/50 – ever, ever.”
She added, “There are times I’m 70, he’s 30. There are times he’s 60, 40, but guess what? Ten years – we’ve been married 30. I would take 10 bad years over 30 – it’s just how you look at it. And people give up … [saying], ‘Five years – I can’t take it.’”
The “Forever FLOTUS” is promoting her new book, The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times. Inside, Mrs. Obama shares, “shares the contents of her 'personal toolbox' - the habits and practices, attitudes and beliefs, and even physical objects that she uses to overcome her feelings of fear, helplessness and self doubt,” according to The Associated Press.
In an excerpt shared with The Guardian, Mrs. Obama shared that she and her husband did a lot of “dreaming, preparing and planning for family life to go perfectly … in the end, you’re pretty much just left to deal with whatever happens”.