Known for playing strong, complex characters (see: Monster, North Country, Young Adult), Charlize Theron is no less bold in her personal life. In a recent interview with Esquire U.K., the actress opens up about being unmarried and being happy in spite of what people might expect:
"Oh, I'm sure there's a lot of aspects to my life that a lot of people wouldn't want," she explains. "Just personal choice things. Like the fact that I'm single at 38. That's not necessarily what a lot of women want...I mean unmarried. But I'm just saying, a life is good if it's the life that you want."
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And although it's slightly unconventional, it's not a surprise that her life makes her happy. She's an incredibly talented actor, adopted her son Jackson several years ago, and is dating actor Sean Penn. In fact, she says she wasn't looking for a relationship when she and Sean initially got together.
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There's no doubt that being in a healthy relationship is satisfying, but it's equally important to enjoy your single life and realize that you don't need to be part of a couple to be happy. In fact, one study found that a fear of being single can drive people to stay in bad relationships or settle for less-than-desirable partners. So take a cue from Charlize and remember that there's no need to rush to the altar.
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