Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s relationship wasn’t always full of sloth surprises, adorable children and Game of Thrones music videos. In fact, Bell recently revealed the couple’s first year of dating was “toxic.”
On Wednesday’s episode of Harry Connick Jr.’s talk show, Bell opened up about the couple’s first year of dating and revealed the one bad dating habit Shepard helped her break: storming out mid-fight. She began, “We’d get in a fight—’cause we would fight...a lot—and I’d, like, yell something, then I’d slam the bedroom door, then I’d slam the front door, then I’d get in my car, then I’d skid out the driveway, and then I’d just go, like, sit around the corner in my car, and it felt so good.”
But it wasn’t until three months later when Shepard pointed out Bell’s reoccurring storm-outs that she realized her obsession with “dramatic exits” was hurting their relationship, not helping. She continued, “He was like, ‘Yeah, you can’t leave anymore during fights. I’m not going to do that.’ He has a very high standard and a strong code of ethics. He was like, ‘No, I have more respect for myself. I love you, but I’m not going to do that my whole life.’”
Bell went on to reveal that Shepard helped her learn how to fight productively and, in turn, saved their relationship. She added, “We actually disagree on about 99 percent of things on the planet, but we have an ultimate respect for each other. He sort of said, ‘No, we’re allowed to disagree, you can’t just be, like, crazy when we’re fighting.”
Now that’s what we call a healthy relationship.