She may be the "It" Girl of the moment in Hollywood and an Oscar winner and Katniss freakin' Everdeen, but Jennifer Lawrence talked to Vogue this month about how she's really just "a normal girl and a human being," y'all. Okay, a famous one, who happens to get stalked sometimes, and also has fights with her boyfriend Nicholas Hoult over household cleaning supplies. Yup, ladies and gentlemen, famous actresses ... they're just like us!
If you recall, the two broke up recently, but are back on. It seems the interview was conducted while they were split up, and she confessed that one of the most common pitfalls of living together drove them apart ...
I wake up earlier in the morning when I have new sponges. That counter doesn't even see it coming. [Hoult] would never wring them out. We were in the kitchen once, and I picked up the sponge, and it was soapy and wet, and I was like, 'See? These are the kinds of things that make me think we are never going to work.'
Haa ... Oh man. I could just see the very same scenario playing out between my husband and me, except I would be Nicholas and he'd be Jennifer. Yep, I'm the less neat freaky tidy one, and for better or worse, it's one of the challenges we face as a couple over and over again.
I'm actually embarassed to admit that in the past, I probably wouldn't do certain household chores without being prodded. But I've gotten better, I swear! Because my "domestic shortcomings" kept cropping up as a problem, I started to realize how much it matters to him. And I started trying to pay more attention to the little things I can do to get on the same page. But it takes work.
The truth is everything in a relationship takes work sometimes ... Especiall when one of you is neater than the other, causing tension to grow, and tempers to flare. But you learn. Compromise. Take turns. But most importantly, you change your worst habits if that's what it'll take to make your partner happier. That's just how it is. Sometimes, you've just gotta ask yourself: Would you rather be a slob but be alone? Idunthinkso!
Nicholas and Jennifer are back together, so we can only assume he's cleaned up his act. Or maybe Jen's gotten a bit more forgiving. Hopefully both. After all, navigating annoying but totally normal bumps in the road only serves to make a couple stronger. Perhaps it's because of that soapy, gross sponge that JLaw and her man will figure out how to make it work after all!
Do you and your partner have different cleaning habits/expectations? How do you make it work?
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