The ex-FLOTUS said the couple had to take part in marriage counselling sessions following the birth of their two daughters. According to the Independent, Michelle made the confession to Oprah as they chatted in front of 15,000 people at the Barclays Centre in New York. Reports say that she revealed counselling had help her realise she was responsible for making herself happy.
She said: “Sometimes you need an objective person to just hear you out.
“If I’m going to show up equal in this partnership, I have to be able to make myself happy and so I had to stop focusing on what he wasn’t doing and start thinking about how to carve out the life that I wanted for myself, with or without Barack.
“The more I succeeded in defining myself for myself, the better I was in my partnership.”
Michelle said that “marriage is hard”, claiming that it “takes a toll” on people’s lives.
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Michelle on stage with Oprah
Now that her two children have left to go to university, she explained that Barack and her had “more emotional time” for one another.
She continued: “We had to worry about what parties they were going to, whether there was alcohol, I had to know who the parents were, so every weekend for me was hard.
“And they’re gone, thank God.
“We have more emotional time, emotional energy.
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“It’s just me and him and [dogs] Bo and Sunny and dinner.
“And they don’t talk, the dogs.”
Michelle added: “We’re coming back to that point where we see each other again because some of the hardest times in our lives we just escaped, we survived it.
“We went through a tough time, we did some hard things together.
“But now we’re out on the other end and I can look at him and I still recognise my husband. He’s still the man I fell in love with.”
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Before becoming First Lady, Michelle attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School.
She had a career as an attorney at a Chicago Law firm called Sidley & Austin, where she also met her husband Barack Obama.
She then worked at the Chicago mayor’s office, the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Medical Centre.
Her best-selling memoir, ‘Becoming’, sold more copies than any other book published in the US in 2018.