Michelle Obama reveals some of the secrets of her long-term romance.
The former first lady, who will celebrate her 28th wedding anniversary next month with husband Barack Obama, spoke about the effort it takes to build a long-term relationship in the latest episode of Michelle Obama's podcast.
Ms Obama, who has been outspoken about her marital ups and downs, spoke to Conan O'Brien, married since 2002, about the importance of not giving up when relationships get tough.
“There were times when I wanted to push Barack out of the window. And I say this because it is very important, this is what you need to know, that the feelings will be strong. But this does not mean that you should give up everything,”she said. “And these periods can last for a long time. They can last for years."
Although any long-term relationship is fraught with problems, 56-year-old Obama and 57-year-old O'Brien talked about how previous generations were not always so open about how to mend relationships in marriage.
“Young couples face these challenges and are willing to give up because they think they’re broken,” she explained.
“And I just want to say, listen, if it ruins the marriage, then Barack and I were constantly breaking up throughout our marriage, but we have a very strong marriage. And if I refused this, if I left this in those difficult times, then I would have missed all the charm that is now,”said the mother of two children.