Angelina Jolie's Relationship With Brad Pitt Sounds Very Unhealthy

marie claire angelina jolie january 2012Whether you love her or you hate her, you have to admit Angelina Jolie is not exactly your average American woman. She's anything but. Still, for some reason, we regular American women tend to look at her Hollywood-goddess-meets-Mother-Teresa life and think it's picture perfect. Well, I am here to tell you that is a whole lotta hooey! Not because the woman seems to have unresolved mental health problems, but because of how she talks about her relationship with Brad in the January issue of Marie Claire.

You can actually learn a lot about a woman through how she discusses her significant other, and Angie's no exception. She confesses to MC that she'll "talk to [her] family," but Brad is "really the only person [she] talks to."  Uh ... huh.

And the reason she doesn't get out much and talk to anyone other than her significant other?


She explains ...

I don’t really have girlfriends in movies, if you’ve noticed. Well, I have a few girlfriends. I just /// I stay home a lot. I’m just not very social. I don’t do a lot with them, and I’m very homebound.

Yeah, alright, I get it. The woman is very busy taking care of her 40 bazillion children and shooting films and traveling the world helping starving children, but this is bad news! Not being social is pretty much one of the worst things you can do for your own health and the health of your relationship. It kills me when I see women abandoning their friends when they feel like all they need is their husband or boyfriend. Or maybe they don't even come clean about it like Angie (I give her credit for being so honest about her attachment to Brad and not being social!), but when they move in with the guy or get hitched or have kids, suddenly, prioritizing "girls' nights" or even girl talk goes completely out the window. It's so wrong, on so many levels!

Living in an isolated bubble with your significant other and your family just doesn't seem healthy. And it can't possibly be a good idea to rely on your partner as your only source of companionship.

I just look at my mother who is definitely more Angie than me, who probably goes days without talking to anyone but my father (and, well, us kids). I'm happy that the two have made their marriage last over 35 years now, but I wish she would make an effort to keep in touch with a girlfriend. Someone she could chat with, to bounce ideas off of, to vent to, to hear the experiences of. You can learn a lot about yourself and your relationship from your friends, and they can be an amazing sounding board when you need an outside perspective. Oh yeah, plus, the mental and physical benefits of socializing (meaning outside of your relationship!) are research-proven. And don't we all want to live a long, happy life with your partner? Seems to me one of the best ways to do that is by getting a life ... outside of them!

What do you think about Angie's confession? Do you make a point to socialize outside of your relationship and keep up with your friends?


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