Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Used to Fight All the Time and It was ‘Dramatic’

There are many popular celebrity couples in Hollywood, from the shiny new romance between Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox to the long-lasting love affair of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. One of the most popular Hollywood couples, however, is the union between Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

Bell and Shepard have been together for over a decade, and together, the two have weathered many storms. Although they are in a good place now, Kristen Bell once revealed in an interview that the two used to have some truly “toxic” fights. 

When did Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard first meet?

Dax Shepard dressed in a black suit with a white shirt and black tie with Kristen Bell dressed in a solid black dress in front of a Golden Globe Award sign.
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Bell was a big star by the time she met Shepard in 2007. The two first crossed paths at a dinner party held by a mutual friend. While Bell was well-known at the time for her work in Veronica Mars, Shepard didn’t experience any immediate sparks with Bell. Rather, Shepard later admitted that Bell’s sunny personality and over-the-top positive attitude “freaked him out.”

Ultimately, the two reconnected a few weeks later at a hockey game — and this time, they were able to find common ground. Bell and Shepard started dating, but things weren’t perfect at the start of their relationship. In fact, Bell opened up to Harry Connick Jr. about the terrible fights that the two would have early on in their romance. 

What did Kristen Bell say about her ‘dramatic’ fights with Dax Shepard?

In her interview with Harry Connick Jr., as reported by Insider, Bell admitted that “when we first met, we fell madly in love and I love the dramatic exit. There is nothing I crave more.” The actor went on to describe how “we’d get in a fight because we’d fight a lot, and I’d yell something and then slam the bedroom door, then I’d slam the front door, then I’d get in my car and then I’d skid out the driveway and I would sit around the corner in my car and it felt so good and I realized how incredibly toxic it was only after he pointed it out.”

Eventually, Bell said that Shepard confronted her about how these fights turned out. As Bell said, “three months into our relationship he was like: ‘You can’t leave anymore during fights. I’m not going to do that.'” Bell and Shepard agreed to move past the fighting, but several months later, the two broke up. The breakup lasted just a few days before Bell and Shepard reconciled — and this time, they resolved to make it work for good. 

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are now loving parents to two children

In 2009, Bell and Shepard got engaged. In October 2013, the two tied the knot, and they have been together ever since. With two young daughters and two high-powered careers, it seems safe to say that things are always busy in the Bell-Shepard household. Still, Bell has remained transparent with her fans about the tough times that the couple has faced.

In a recent interview with Alec Baldwin, Bell revealed that she and Shepard have very different love languages and that sometimes, communication is a challenge.

“It’s those little things love language wise where we have to remember that the other person needs something we don’t need,” Bell said, acknowledging that Shepard prefers a more physical expression of love while she likes acts of service. “So we have to think in the other person’s love language in order to properly show what we feel.”

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