‘I could not stand him for 10 years’: Michelle Obama says raising ‘terrorists’ Malia and Sasha while Barack was launching his political career at the expense of her practicing law put a strain on their marriage
- Michelle Obama, 58, admits she and her husband Barack, 61, had difficult times
- The couple met at a law firm in Chicago before having two daughters together
- She claims they struggled while the girls were young and had ‘many demands’
- Both were trying to focus on their careers while having very young children
Michelle Obama has revealed that she ‘couldn’t stand’ husband Barack while their children were young.
The former First Lady, 58, also dubbed her two daughters, Sasha and Malia, as ‘terrorists’ when they were small.
She claims the couple struggled while the girls were young, as they were both trying to ‘advance their careers’ – with her husband going on to become the president.
Michelle made the claims about her relationship with Barack, 61, while promoting her new book The Light We Carry.
Michelle claims that the couple having their two daughters, pictured in 2003, put a strain on their relationship as well as them both trying to launch their careers
Speaking on Revolt the mother-of-two described her two children as ‘terrorists’ who have ‘demands’
Speaking to Revolt in early December, Michelle said: ‘People think I’m being catty for saying this: it’s like, there were 10 years where I couldn’t stand my husband.
‘And guess when it happened? When those kids were little.
‘For 10 years while we’re trying to build our careers and worrying about school and who was doing what and what, I was like, ‘Argh, this isn’t even’.’
‘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’.’
Malia, 24, and Sasha, 21, were seven and 10 when their family moved into the White House after several years on the campaign trail.
Michelle added that despite their differences, she always respected her husband through their various problems. Pictured together in 2022
The couple’s two children spent long periods of time with their father on the campaign trial when they were growing up. Pictured (left) on the campaign trail in 2004 and (right) on their 30th wedding anniversary in October 2022
Michelle also described her two daughters as ‘terrorists’, when they were little – saying ‘they have demands’.
She added: ‘Little kids, they’re terrorists. They have demands. They don’t talk. They’re poor communicators. They cry all the time.
‘They’re irrational. They’re needy. And you love them. And so you can’t blame them, right? … So you turn that ire on each other.’
The couple met at a law firm in Chicago in 1989, with their net worth now reportedly around at least $70 million after their careers.
Malia, 24, and Sasha, 21, were seven and 10 when their family moved into the White House after several years on the campaign trail
The couple met at a law firm in Chicago in 1989, with their net worth now reportedly around at least $70 million after their careers
A deal for their memoirs in 2017 reportedly paid $65million, while their Netflix deal was estimated to be around $50million.
Michelle added that despite their differences, she always respected her husband through their various problems.
She added: ‘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’.’
‘The feelings are going to change over time.’
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