Pink isn’t one to hold back about her personal life. That’s why we weren’t totally surprised when the singer got candid about her relationship with husband Carey Hart during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday.
When chatting about her marriage, the 36-year-old playfully said she and her beau, who is also father to her 4-year-old daughter, Willow, were “due” for another break.
“We take breaks,” Pink admitted. “We’ve had two breaks. "The first one was about a year. And the second one was 11 months."
While it may sound a little unorthodox, taking occasional breaks has clearly worked for Pink’s relationship. She told DeGeneres that she and her hubby just celebrated 10 years of marriage.
Here are four reasons why taking a break may actually be beneficial for your relationship.
1. It creates mental and physical space. Just as getting away from our work can ultimately make us better employees, creating some space in our relationships may also allow us to better assess what’s really going on. "It provides a valuable space for introspection and focusing on assessing your feelings within the relationship,” Steve Ward, a relationship expert and CEO of Master Matchmakers, said in an interview with Psychology Today.
2. It can help you better understand your partner. Taking some time away from a partner you’ve been fighting with allows you step out of a negative cycle and give perspective to the situation, relationship psychologist Susan Quilliam, explained in an interview with The Independent.
3. You can reassess your priorities. It may sound counterintuitive, but spending time alone is actually beneficial for our relationships. “By spending time with yourself and gaining a better understanding of who you are and what you desire in life,” wrote Sherrie Bourg Carter Psy.D on Psychology Today, “you're more likely to make better choices about who you want to be around.”
4. You’ll find out if it’s really love. Turns out, there is truth to the age old saying, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” According to a 2013 conducted by the Journal of Communication, couples in long-distance relationships had more meaningful interactions than those who saw each other one a regular basis, which lead to higher levels of intimacy.
If you do decide a break is for you, just remember to discuss what it means for your relationship, as well as establish any rules. If you ever saw the famous Friends episode when Ross and Rachel were on a break, then you know that communication is always key.
Have you taken a relationship break?
- 0% Yes, and it was just what we needed.
- 0% Yes, and it ended in a permanent breakup.
- 0% No, never taken a break before.