Former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama looks to mobilize voters for midterms We must mount an all-country response to help our Afghan allies Obamas, Bushes and Clintons joining new effort to help Afghan refugees MORE on Friday said that she wants young couples to know even her and former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTop nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report Prosecutors face legal challenges over obstruction charge in Capitol riot cases Biden makes early gains eroding Trump's environmental legacy MORE work on their marriage in counseling.
In an interview with ABC's “Good Morning America,” Michelle Obama opened up about getting marriage counseling to “talk out our differences” despite having a “phenomenal marriage.”
“I know too many young couples who struggle and think somehow, there’s something wrong with them,” she said. “I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama — who have a phenomenal marriage and who love each other — we work on our marriage and we get help with our marriage when we need it.”
Young people often think that marriage is “supposed to be easy,” Michelle Obama said.
“Marriage counseling, for us, was one of those ways where we learned to talk out our differences,” she said.
She learned she could ask for help when she needed it, she explained.
“What I learned about myself was that my happiness was up to me and I started working out more, I started asking for help, not just from him but from other people,” she said.
“I stopped feeling guilty,” she added.
.@MichelleObama opens up to @RobinRoberts in revealing new interview; says she felt "lost and alone” after suffering miscarriage 20 years ago. Watch @ABC special covering her journey to motherhood and more from her memoir, "Becoming," Sunday night 9/8c. https://t.co/ONXwpuZ3WF pic.twitter.com/1Teb5ycWIe— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 9, 2018
The former first lady also opened up about her struggles getting pregnant and suffering a miscarriage roughly 20 years ago.
She told ABC’s Robin Roberts that she and the former president used in vitro fertilization to conceive their two daughters, Malia and Sasha.
Michelle Obama said she felt like she “failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them.”
“We sit in our own pain, thinking somehow we’re broken,” she said.
She said she wanted to open up about her experiences to help other women going through similar issues, saying that not talking about women’s health is the “worst thing we do to each other as women.”
Michelle Obama made the revelations amid a promotional tour for her new memoir “Becoming,” which will be released on Tuesday.