Anna Faris on knowing when to call time on an unhappy relationship

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Anna Faris has advised women to “know their worth” in relationships – and reminded them that they should never stay with someone who stifles their independence.

The actor – who separated from Chris Pratt earlier this month after eight years of marriage – reflected on some of the lessons she apparently learnt in previous relationships on Tuesday's episode of Anna Faris is Unqualified (15 August), as she spoke to a caller who was having trouble with her boyfriend.

Faris replied: “Know your worth, know your independence, and know that you’re young.

“There are so many people out there, there's so much life experience, I hope you get to live it all and experience a whole lot of people.

“Life is too short for you to be in relationships where you feel this isn’t fully right or somebody doesn't have your back, or somebody doesn't value you in every way.”

Revealing that these problems have sometimes affected her in the past, Faris continued: “Don’t be afraid to feel your independence if things aren't right. I made that mistake, I think, a little bit, like ‘I'm checking my relationship off the list’.

“If that would be the final piece of advice I could give you, it would be to know your worth, know your independence. There are so many people out there, there's so much life experience.

“I hope you get to live it all and experience a whole lot of people.”

Faris also made a point of thanking her “dear listeners” for their support following her and Pratt’s separation.

“I just want to thank you all so much for all the love I’ve been receiving, and I truly love you,” she said.

Faris has a lot to look forward to over the next few months, as her book (titled Anna Faris Unqualified) is due to be released in October.

According to the publisher's official website, Faris’ memoir is focused on the “worthwhile adventure of finding love”. published an excerpt from the tome back in April, which sees Faris offer some sage advice on love, life, and friendship.

“Whether you're in L.A. or Atlanta or Dubuque, your pride will be wounded after a breakup, you'll struggle to tell a friend when you can't stand her boyfriend, and when you're truly happy, you'll know it,” she says.

“I've learned that no matter where you live, there are some universal truths: If your closest friends stop showing up to your barbecues, you're probably in a bad relationship.

“And if you opt for kindness over teasing, you're probably in a good one.”

Images: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.