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"No bullsh*t." Inside Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden's notoriously private marriage.

Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden are both long-time members of the entertainment industry, but despite their individual star power the couple have managed to keep their relationship very low-key.

In an essay for InStyle, Diaz has made a rare declaration about their relationship calling her husband “the greatest human being”.

“Getting married to him was the best thing that ever happened to me,” she said.

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“My husband’s the best. He’s the greatest human being, and he’s my great partner. Marriage is certainly hard, and it’s a lot of work. You need somebody who’s willing to do the work with you, because there’s no 60-40 in marriage. It’s 50-50, period. All the time.

“I don’t know if I was ready [when I got married], but I knew Benji was special. He’s just a good man. There’s no bullshit. It’s really refreshing. I’m really grateful for him.”

Diaz, 46, and Madden, 40, were introduced by the actress’s close friend – and now sister-in-law – Nicole Richie in May 2014. Just seven months later they were engaged, and in January 2015 they married.

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During her wedding speech, Diaz addressed her previous assertions that she would never get married.

“I waited because I didn’t want to settle,” she said. “Now I got the best man ever. My special man. He’s mine.”

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It was a whirlwind romance, though its speed is less shocking in the age of Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson, Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, and Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra.

The pair make very few public appearances and aren't often gushy about each other in public, but in 2016 Diaz told Andy Cohen on Sirius XM Radio that none of her exes came close to Madden (Not even Justin Timberlake or Jared Leto).

"I don’t even remember any of that. Like that's the thing, that's how I know he's my husband because no one compares," she said.

Diaz told Cohen that before Madden she never believed people who said 'when you know, you know'. But after meeting him, everything changed.

"I was always like, 'What does that mean… what does that mean?' Then I was like 'Oh, I get it, you just know when you know, like you're my husband'."

"Everything else just kind of like washes and slips away," she said. "You realise like, 'Oh right, this is what the real thing is, this is what real love is and this is what commitment and devotion is.

"This is the person that you build your life with, and for me, it's like the rest of everything else just kind of like dissolves."

Madden occasionally shares loving messages about his wife on social media, and the pair always show their support for each other's business ventures.

 

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Light of my life ❤️ Only thing that could rival your beauty is your heart ❤️ I’m very Grateful❤️Happy Valentine’s❤️

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When Diaz released The Longevity Book in 2016, Madden said he "could not be prouder of my bad ass wife".

"She wakes up everyday on a mission to try and make the world a better place. I'm always amazed by the courage, strength and vulnerability she shows, relentlessly encouraging other women to love themselves."

When Madden's band Good Charlotte released its first album in six years in 2016, Diaz shared a rare post to Instagram.

"One of my favourite things about being married, is how much pride I take in my husband… one day it might be how generous and giving, another how gentle and thoughtful.

"And [every] single day I am so incredibly proud of his integrity as a human being," she wrote.

On Diaz's birthday in 2015, Madden described her as "my best friend and everything else".

"There's so much I could write. I'm the luckiest guy alive - I get to spend the rest of life right here."

He's also honoured her in a very permanent way, getting a large tattoo of his wife's name on his chest.

 

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Thinking bout you❤️❤️❤️ #LuckyMan

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We're so glad to hear the couple are still going strong because:

  1. It's genuinely nice to see love and happiness and;
  2. Laser tattoo removal is apparently very painful.
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