Cameron Diaz on Marrying Benji Madden: It ‘Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me’

Benji Madden is the best thing that ever happened to Cameron Diaz, the actress said in a recent interview.

The Good Charlotte guitarist married the actress and two-time author in 2015 after seven months of dating (They had a literal May-December romance and were engaged for 17 days before exchanging “I Do’s” on Jan. 5, 2015.) in an intimate backyard ceremony at Diaz’s home.

The couple is known for keeping their relationship out of the public eye but Diaz opened up about their marriage and what makes it work. Learn what she credited the success of their relationship to ahead. 

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Benji Madden and Cameron Diaz. | Donato Sardella/Getty Images for REVOLVE

In celebration of their 25th-anniversary, InStyle interviewed women who have graced the cover of the fashion magazine. Among them The Honest Company’s Jessica Alba, Demi Moore, Big Little LiesReese Witherspoon, Scandal’s Kerry Washington, and of course, Diaz. 

The 46-year-old gave a rare interview about her and Madden’s marriage. She gushed about her significant other and said, “Getting married to him was the best thing that ever happened to me. My husband’s the best.” 

“He’s the greatest human being, and he’s my great partner,” she added. 

She continued, saying marriage can be difficult and that it takes work.  

“Marriage is certainly hard, and it’s a lot of work. You need somebody who’s willing to do the work with you, because there’s no 60-40 in marriage. It’s 50-50, period. All the time,” she said. 

Certainly, if Diaz is calling Madden “the best” and “the greatest human being” they must be sharing the workload in their marriage and working together seamlessly. 

Diaz not sure if she was ‘ready’ to marry Madden

In the same interview, Diaz revealed she may not have been ready to get married when she did but she knew Madden was different.

“I don’t know if I was ready [when I got married], but I knew Benji was special,” she said, adding, “He’s just a good man. There’s no bulls**t. It’s really refreshing. I’m really grateful for him.”

Before Madden, Diaz had dated Justin Timberlake, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Lopez’s now-fiancé, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez among others, according to HuffPost

Nicole Richie introduced Diaz to Benji Madden

Nicole Richie played matchmaker for her brother-in-law. Richie, the daughter of Lionel Richie known for her iconic reality TV series opposite Paris Hilton, The Simple Life, and her keen fashion sense (she launched the brand House of Harlow 1960) married Joel Madden, Benji’s twin brother in December of 2010. They now have two children together, Harlow and Sparrow Madden. 

“I’m going to take full responsibility for everything,” Richie said during a 2014 appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen about Madden and Diaz’s relationship, according to Hello! Magazine.

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In 2016, Diaz spoke with Andy Cohen on his radio show about her relationship with Madden. She recalled their first meeting saying, “The first thing I said when I first met my husband was, ‘He’s hot.’ How come I didn’t know this before? We had never been in the same circle… You know, nothing matters now that I have my husband. Like, I don’t even remember any of that.”

The couple has chosen to live a private life with Diaz taking a break from acting although she’s been hinting at possible roles so the public may see more of the blonde beauty in the near future. But for now, we’ll read all the cute things Madden has said about his wife on Instagram.