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Cameron Diaz says husband Benji taught her to value herself a lot more


Cameron Diaz is opening up how her marriage to husband Benji Madden has made her value herself more.

The “Charlie’s Angels” star, 49, spoke about her relationship during Tuesday’s episode of the “Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers” podcast.

When Michelle Visage asked Diaz why her marriage has been successful, the actor replied, “He’s really taught me to value myself a lot more.”

She explained to the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” host that in previous relationships she did not expect to be validated by her partner.

The actor recalled “receiving so much validation elsewhere and in all these other ways” in the past.

Diaz shared that she has learned to “really go all in” throughout her relationship with Madden, 42.

“Nothing else comes before this,” she said, referencing their bond. “It’s not hard to do, because it’s the most valuable thing I have.”

She added, “We know that, no matter what, we can just go and be just a family anywhere, and we’re fine. We don’t need any of the things that we have, other than each other.”


Diaz and Madden tied the knot in 2015. In the conversation with Visage, the actor praised her husband for being a man she can count on.

“I married a mensch,” she laughed. “I know how hard it is to find.”

She continued to gush about the Good Charlotte guitarist and said, “He’s hilarious and he’s so funny. And he’s the best dad ever. I could cry, because he’s just the best.”

The pair welcomed their 2-year-old daughter, Raddix, in 2019.

During an Instagram live chat in 2020, she revealed that leaving acting allowed her to devote her energy to her husband and child.

“I love being a mother. It’s the best, best, best part of my life,” she said at the time. “I’m so, so grateful and so happy and it’s the best thing ever and I’m so lucky to get to do it with Benji.”

While speaking with Kevin Hart last year on the comedian’s Peacock show “Hart to Heart,” she further addressed putting acting behind her.


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