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The one thing Kristen Bell changed about herself to save her relationship

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have been together since 2007 (which means that they’re fast approaching their 10-year anniversary). And, while many have dubbed the Hollywood couple as #relationshipgoals, the duo have always made a point of being honest about their marriage and the struggle that comes with maintaining it— especially in the public eye. 

Now, during a conversation about the “toxic” side to her relationship, Bell has revealed she had to curb one particular behaviour in order for her marriage to survive.



Sitting down on TV chat show Harry, Bell explained: “When [Dax and I] first met, we fell madly in love and I love the dramatic exit. There is nothing I crave more.

“We'd get in a fight because we'd fight a lot, and I'd yell something and then slam the bedroom door, then I'd slam the front door, then I'd get in my car and then I'd skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car and it felt so good and I realised how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out.”

The pair tied the knot in 2013, but it was during their first year of dating that Shepard put a stop to the ‘dramatic exits’ as they were “toxic”. 

“Three months into our relationship he was like: ‘You can't leave anymore during fights. I'm not going to do that,’” said Bell. 

“[Dax] has a very high standard and a strong code of ethics. He was like: ‘No, I have more respect for myself. I love you, but I'm not going to do that my whole life. Our marriage won't survive.”

It was at this point that the Frozen star realised that she had to change her bad habit: “Everything he was saying was making so much sense and I was like, damn this guy.”

This is not the first time Bell has spoken honestly about their relationship – or on the trials and tribulations they’ve faced as a couple and how they made it through to the other side.

“Your partner should hear your most embarrassing insecurities, because once you say them out loud, you've created a safe zone,” Bell told People Magazine earlier this year.  

“A snuggle party can fix anything — it's true,” she added.



A snuggle party you say? We’re on it. 

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