Scarlett Johansson has made some comments about marriage that are enough to make anyone hesitate before setting foot in a bridal store.
The actress, who recently split from French journalist Romain Dauriac after two years of marriage, was asked about monogamy in an interview for Playboy.
“I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a very beautiful thing,” she said.
“I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person. I might be skewered for that, but I think it’s work. It’s a lot of work. And the fact that it is such work for so many people – for everyone – the fact of that proves that it is not a natural thing.
“It’s something I have a lot of respect for and have participated in, but I think it definitely goes against some instinct to look beyond.”
Look. I have no doubt that Scarlett Johansson finds monogamy more of a challenge than me.
Her working day might involve her rubbing up against Colin Firth or Jonathan Rhys Meyers or Bradley Cooper. Me, I work from home. Once a month or so, a middle-aged tradie drops around to do a termite inspection or unclog the toilet or whatever.
I sympathise with you, Scarlett, I really do.
Of course, there's the instinct to "look beyond". But life as an adult involves overcoming the instincts that are only going to lead to regret. (I have the instinct to go around slapping racists, homophobes and people over 40 who use the word "bae", but I don't.)