Former First Lady Michelle Obama revealed in a stunning interview that she and ex-President Barack Obama have had “tough periods” in their marriage.
Michelle told People Magazine, “Before the White House, before the kids, before careers, it was just me and Barack constructing our lives, developing a bond, being one another’s everything.” “Once the White House was done and the kids were grown and you knew they were okay, that’s what we could go back to.”
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“We got through it together, which strengthens our foundation even more than it was before,” she continued. “I’m delighted to report that I can now glance up from all of that and glance across the room and still see everything.”
Michelle previously stated that their marriage had deteriorated to the point where they needed treatment.
Michelle explained, “What I discovered about myself was that my happiness was up to me, so I started working out more and asking for support, not just from him but from other people.” “One of the ways we learned to talk out our differences was through marriage counseling.”
She went on to remark that it was “essential for us to be honest and say, ‘If you’re in a marriage and you want to leave, that’s fine,’ since she felt the same way.
Barack Obama acknowledged the impact of politics on his marriage in his 2020 memoir, “A Promised Land.”
He added, “There were nights [at the White House] when sleeping next to Michelle in the dark, I’d think about those days when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more consistent, and our love was less constrained.” “And the fear that such days might not return would make my heart tighten.”
“Michelle felt an underlying tension the entire time we were there. The stress of having to get everything perfectly, of having to be ‘on’ at all times,” Barack added. “There were times when I thought she was frustrated, unhappy, or angry, but I knew I had Afghanistan or the financial situation on my mind.
Michelle also discussed why she and Barack thought it was so vital to be transparent about their marriage problems in her new interview.
Michelle added, “We didn’t have role models of the bad times because our parents, their generation, were taught you don’t talk about marriage and you certainly don’t talk about the hard times.” “No one has prepared you for the idea that you will have to devote your energies to other things when you are young and growing up and establishing a family together.”