This Is Why Dax Shepard Proposed To Kristen Bell Even Though He Didn't Believe In Marriage

    "I was doing something that I didn’t want to do because I loved you."

    Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are one of the most loved celebrity couples of all time. They're basically the internet's mom and dad.

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    But although the couple, who have been married since 2013, look picture-perfect from the outside, they both recently opened up about how hard they had to work at being a couple. In fact, at the beginning, it didn't even look like they were going to get married!

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    In a recent interview with People, Dax said: "We definitely had to work really hard at being a couple because we're both incredibly, painfully stubborn, and we're pretty much opposites."

    But Kristen admitted that she'd resigned herself to never being Dax's wife because he didn't believe in marriage. "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," she said.

    However, as many couples can probably attest to, a relationship is about compromise, and Dax eventually came around to the idea because he knew it meant so much to Kristen.

    "Forget the tradition or history of marriage as a concept," said Dax. "You knowing I was doing something that I didn’t want to do because I loved you was a big sign for you."

    But, although Dax proposed to Kristen in 2009, they waited four years before they tied the knot because it wasn't yet legal for their LGBT friends in California to get married too.

    In 2017, Kristen opened up about their decision to wait until same-sex couples could get married in the state of California, saying: "What are we gonna do? Have a party and be like, 'Look at us celebrating this thing you can't do?' That’s fucking putrid. Like, 90 percent of our friends are gay!"

    The couple touched on the story once more in their recent People interview, with Kristen saying that it was Dax's idea to wait because it would be "weird" to celebrate a right their friends didn't have.

    Me right now.

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    You can read the full interview here.

    Ben Henry is a celebrity reporter for BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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