Anna Kendrick has opened up about a relationship with someone she says was “for all intents and purposes my husband.”
The Pitch Perfect star spoke with Monica Padman and Dax Shepard for their Armchair Expert podcast and addressed a past romantic relationship with an unidentified person she said she lived with.
“We had embryos together, this was my person,” Kendrick said.
“And then about six years in, somewhere around there, I remember telling my brother, when things had first kind of gone down, ‘I’m living with a stranger. Like, I don’t know what’s happening.'”
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The actress is most recently starring in the film Alice, Darling, about a woman trapped in an abusive relationship.
“I was coming out of a personal experience with emotional abuse and psychological abuse,” Kendrick explained, recalling the time she first came across the screenplay for the film.
“I think my rep sent it to me, because he knew what I’d been dealing with and sent it along. Because he was like, ‘This sort of speaks to everything that you’ve been talking to me about.’
“It felt really distinct in that I had, frankly, seen a lot of movies about abusive or toxic relationships, and it didn’t really look like what was happening to me.
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“It kind of helped me normalise and minimise what was happening to me, because I thought, ‘Well, if I was in an abusive relationship, it would look like that.'”
“That actually gave me a moment of relief,” Kendrick said.
It allowed her, she said, to not have to believe that she had “done something so horrible that I deserve to be living with this stranger who scares the s–t out of me.”
“It was just like ‘I don’t know who this person is,'” Kendrick said. “It was terrifying.”
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Kendrick said her partner revealed he had feelings for someone else and she tried to work on both herself and their relationship with counseling, joining Al-Anon and telling her agents she had a mental health issue and needed time off.
“I started seeing two therapists a week and I started trying to learn to meditate and I got into Al-Anon and all of these things ended up being very wonderful things for me in the long run,” she said. “But initially went into them thinking, ‘Tell me how to stop being crazy. Tell me how to stop feeling anything.'”
The relationship has since ended.
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