December 21, 2018

'You can be fixed, Barack Obama': Michelle Obama talks about importance of marriage counseling

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Former first lady Michelle Obama has revealed in her new book, "Becoming," that she and her husband Barack Obama went through marriage counseling.

However, it was an extremely purposeful reveal, as she explained in an interview with Jimmy Fallon recently.

"I want young people to know that marriage is work, even the best marriages require work," she said.

Since Michelle began working on her new memoir, she has been sharing old family photographs. 

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Follow us on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa, to learn more and scroll down to watch her interview below.

Michelle added, "I was one of those wives who thought, I’m taking you to marriage counseling so you can be fixed, Barack Obama. Because I was like, I’m perfect. I was like, Dr. X, please fix him.

"And then our counselor looked over at me. I was like, What are you looking at? I’m perfect."

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The mother-of-two said that counseling enabled her to be a better partner to Barack. It also helped her to find the best version of herself.

"Marriage counseling was a turning point for me understanding that it wasn’t up to my husband to make me happy," Michelle explained. 

"That I had to learn how to fill myself up and have to put myself higher on my priority list."

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Michelle continued that she shared her story in the expectations that it may resonate with more youthful individuals.

"There are a lot of young people who look at me and Barack and you and your wife and people they see and they think, Oh I want those #RelationshipGoals," she said.

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Since Michelle began working on her new memoir, she has been sharing old family photographs. 

Michelle shared that the experience of writing "Becoming" has been extremely personal for her and that it has allowed her to reflect on the unexpected trajectory her life has taken. 

She also shared that her childhood was not filled with everything that opens and shuts, but that her parents worked hard to give her everything that she could need. 

"Becoming" is the second book to be released by Michelle, following her 2012 book "American Grown." The first book focused on her garden at the White House and her nutrition initiatives. 

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