Former first lady Michelle Obama said she “couldn’t stand” her husband, former President Obama, when their children were young.
“People think I’m being catty for saying this: it’s like, there were 10 years where I couldn’t stand my husband,” the former first lady said in an interview earlier this month with Revolt. “And guess when it happened? When those kids were little.”
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The Obama daughters, Malia and Sasha, were ages 7 and 10 when they moved to the White House. Their mother de ella said in the interview to promote her new book that the young children posed a challenge as she and the former president advanced their careers.
“For 10 years while we’re trying to build our careers and worrying about school and who’s doing what and what, I was like, ‘Argh, this isn’t even!'” Obama said. “And guess what? Marriage isn’t 50/50, ever. Ever. 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. People give up — ‘Five years; I can’t take it.'”
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The Obamas met at a law firm in Chicago in 1989. Their net worth is now at least $70 million. Their joint deal in 2017 for their memoirs was estimated to be worth $65 million. The couple later cut a deal with Netflix that is estimated to be around $50 million.
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Michelle said in the December interview that she always respected her husband through their challenges.
“Do you like him? I mean, you could be mad at him, but do you still look at him and go, ‘I’m not happy with you, but I respect you. I don’t agree with you, but you ‘re still a kind, smart person,'” she said of relationship troubles.
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Michelle’s second book “The Light We Carry,” was published in November.