Marriage is not at all important to continue a meaningful relationship with one’s partner, 28-year-old Hollywood beauty Scarlet Johansson told magazine Elle UK in an interview this month.
Sharing her personal beliefs about love and marriage, the actress, who broke up with husbandafter a two year marriage, said that at this point in her life marriage holds no significance to her.
"I got married when I was young, it was incredibly romantic and I liked being married, actually," she tells the magazine. "But it is different. It's hard to put into words. To me, being in a functioning relationship doesn't mean you have to be married. I never think about marriage. Is that weird? The only time I ever think about it is when people ask me."
While her comments sound like they are coming from someone who got hurt in a relationship and doesn’t want to tie a knot ever again, Brooklyn based psychologist Lee Shapiro told Yahoo! Shine that nearly all women of Scarlet’s age feel the same way.
"Many young adults view their 20s as a prolonged period of self-exploration with the goal of creating independent selfhood and establishing an adult identity which is often very closely tied to career," Shapiro explained.
As if aware of how her comments would be taken, Johansson clarified herself saying that she is already in a very good relationship and is too busy with work to take out time to have kids or look after a family.
Reflecting on what she learned from her two year marriage with Reynolds, Johansson writes in her profile that she found her relationship with Reynolds ‘extremely romantic.’
However, marriage and family psychologist, Karen Ruskin also told Yahoo!Shine that "as we age, we realize that marriage itself isn't really 'romantic.' It's a huge responsibility. That's a very young-sounding statement."
Johansson probably realized that after her divorce and therefore her interests shifted in the other direction.
"For women who are divorced at a young age, the focus shifts in their late 20s. They ask, what do I really need marriage for? Do I need it now?" Ruskin continued.
Moreover, as women grow older and it becomes clearer to them what they want out of their lives and a relationship, they raise the bar and their choice of a mate changes accordingly, writes Hanna Rosin in her book "The End of Men and the Rise of Women."