Michelle Obama Admits Her Marriage to Barack Has Been Rocky
Michelle Obama, the former First Lady, revealed in a recent interview that she and ex-President Barack Obama have had “tough times” in their marriage.
Michelle told People Magazine, “Before the White House, before the kids, before jobs, it was just me and Barack shaping our lives, building a relationship, being one another’s everything.” “Once the White House was finished and the kids were grown and you knew they were okay, that’s what we should go back to.”
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“We got through it together, which strengthens our foundation even more than it was before,” she said. “I’m pleased to report that I can now look up from all of that and around the room, and I still see my friend.”
Michelle previously accepted that their marriage had deteriorated to the point where they needed therapy.
Michelle said, “What I discovered about myself was that my happiness was up to me, so I started working out more and asking for guidance, not only from him but from other people.” “One of the ways we learned to hash out our differences was through marriage counseling.”
She went on to say that it was “important for us to be frank and say, ‘If you’re in a marriage and you want to leave, that’s natural,’ because she felt the same way.
Barack Obama addressed the impact of politics on his marriage in his 2020 memoir, “A Promised Land.”
He wrote, “There were nights [in the White House] when, lying next to Michelle in the dark, I’d think about those days when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant, and our love was less encumbered.” “And the idea that those days would not return will make my heart tighten.”
“Michelle sensed an inherent stress the whole time we were there. The burden of having to get it right, of having to be ‘on’ at all times,” Barack added. “I think she was upset, sad, or angry at times, but she knew I was preoccupied with Afghanistan or the financial crisis, so she kept it in check.”
Michelle also discussed why she and Barack thought it was so important to be transparent about their marital problems in her latest interview.
Michelle said, “We didn’t have role models of the hard times because our parents, their generation, were told you don’t talk about marriage and you certainly don’t talk about the hard times.” “No one has prepared you for the fact that you will have to devote your energy to other things while you are young and growing up and raising a family together.”