The Reason Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Almost Didn’t Get Married

When you look at celebrity couples, it seems like Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are as close to perfection as it gets. The two are always laughing and loving on one another. Honestly, it’s so cute, it’s almost sickening. But it wasn’t always that way for the couple. In fact, the two almost didn’t even get married.

Shepard actually broke up with Bell a few months after the couple got together. But he changed his mind a few days later.

“I was like, ‘That’s the best personality I’ve ever seen on a woman. I need to be around it,” he recently told People. “I want to be around it when I’m 80.”

Even after the couple got back together, marriage wasn’t initially on the table because Shepard didn’t believe in it.

“He has a great argument that the state having a piece of paper doesn’t mean he’s going to be nice to me and by my side for the rest of my life,” Bell told the outlet. “That is going to be evidenced by how we treat each other and the commitment that we make.”

And she had come to be okay with his way of thinking.

“I had surrendered, like ‘Okay, well, I’m never going to get any sort of traditional marriage out of this, and that’s okay because I trust him.’ I really, really trusted him and believed that we were going to go the long haul.”

But eventually, Shepard decided to propose because he knew how important marriage was to Bell.

“Ultimately, I was like, ‘Well, I’m doing it because my partner wants that,” he said. “Forget the tradition or history of marriage as a concept, you knowing I was doing something that I didn’t want to do because I loved you was a big sign for you.”

Shepard proposed in 2009 and the couple wed in 2013. Bell admits that after the wedding, she did feel better.

“It just felt more normal,” she said. “We do a lot of things differently, but there’s a couple things where I’m just like, ‘God, can we not just fall inside the lines once in a while? I want to wear a pretty piece of jewelry. It’s fun! It felt nice afterwards.”

While the couple’s marriage has certainly been happy, it hasn’t always been easy. They are constantly working at maintaining their relationship and go to therapy regularly. The two have been through a lot together, including rumors of infidelity, but they always find a way to make it work.

“We have a very healthy marriage and we got there by doing therapy when we needed it, and constantly doing fierce moral inventories,” Bell told People in 2017. “We both take responsibility when we are wrong, and I think it is easy to work with him because I married him, because I enjoy spending time with him and I trust him. That is exactly what I want in someone that I work with.”

This year will mark 12 years that the couple has been together.

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