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Michelle Obama Opens Up About Her Marriage Struggles

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No matter your political views, it's hard to deny the incredible love between Michelle and Barack Obama. The couple has been together for more than 26 years, and they never seem to waiver in their relationship.

The duo met in law school, and despite Michelle's best efforts to avoid falling for a fellow classmate, she and Barack fell in love.

Some may argue that they were just "made for each other," and while that may be true, a new interview from Michelle Obama proves there's no such thing as a "perfect" marriage. In fact, working marriages require a lot of effort.

While promoting her new book, "Becoming," on Good Morning America, Michelle spoke with Robin Roberts about how she and Barack went to therapy to work on their marriage, and it only made them stronger.

“I know too many young couples who struggle and think that somehow there's something wrong with them,” Michelle said. “And I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama, who have a phenomenal marriage and who love each other, we work on our marriage. And we get help with our marriage when we need it.”

“Marriage counseling for us was one of those ways where we learned how to talk out our differences,” she told Roberts. “What I learned about myself was that my happiness was up to me.”

Michelle also made something very clear: her own happiness is no one else's responsibility but her own.

“It's important for me to take care of myself,” she said. “That's not on Barack.”

This isn't the first time Michelle has spoken out about her marriage with Barack. She's also been very open about working to keep their relationship strong.

In 2011, she spoke with Oprah about her marriage:

It has to be a true partnership, and you have to really really like and respect the person you're married to because it is a hard road. I mean, that's what I tell young couples.

Don't expect it to be easy, melding two lives and trying to raise others, and doing it forever. I mean that's a recipe made for disaster, so there are highs and lows.

But if in the end you can look him in the eye and say, 'I like you.' I stopped believing at love in first sight. I think you go through that wonderful love stage, but when it gets hard, you need a little bit more.

And just after Barack was elected, Michelle spoke about how "the last thing [they] want to project" was this image of a perfect marriage.

If our ups and downs in our marriage can help young couples sort of realize that good marriages take work," Michelle said in a 2009 interview with the New York Times. "It's unfair to the institution of marriage, and it's unfair for young people who are trying to build something, to project this perfection that doesn't exist."

But if it sounds like Michelle has fallen out of love with Barack, you'd be wrong.

"It’s there. I don't know what to tell you… It still is," she told Roberts. "I love my husband a lot."

[H/T: ABC News]

Marriage is all about work, and it's great to see two powerful people admitting to getting help for their struggles. If more people did so, I bet the divorce rate would go down.

Donna loves spending time in front of the TV catching up on dramas, but in the summer you'll find her in the garden.