Well, that’s an interesting outlook on love. Hugh Grant revealed in a new interview with Howard Stern that he doesn’t believe people are meant to remain faithful to just one partner for their entire lives.
“I can see the lovely aspect if you marry exactly the right person — your best friend and it’s cozy and it’s lovely,” the Florence Foster Jenkins actor, 55, told the SiriusXM radio host, 62, on Wednesday, August 10. “But, people make so many mistakes.”
Grant, who has never been married, went on to explain why the idea of settling down with someone permanently doesn’t sit well with him. “Do I think human beings are meant to be in 40-year-long monogamous, faithful relationships? No, no, no,” he stated. “Whoever said they were? Only the Bible or something. No one ever said that was a good idea.”
“I think there’s something unromantic about marriage,” he added. “You’re closing yourself off.”
The London native even implied that casual affairs are the key to a lasting relationship.
“I always admire the French and the Italians who are very devoted to their marriages. They take them extremely seriously, but it is understood that there might be other visitors at 5 o’clock in the afternoon,” he told Stern. “You just never boast about [it]. They never say anything, but that’s what keeps marriages together.”
Grant is currently dating Swedish producer Anna Eberstein, with whom he shares son John, 3, and a 7-month-old daughter. He is also dad to Tabitha, 4, and Felix, 3, from a previous relationship with Chinese actress Tinglan Hong. The actor, who is no stranger to infidelity, became a father to John and Felix, who have different mothers, within months of each other.
As previously reported, the Love Actually star was infamously arrested for misdemeanor lewd conduct in 1995 when he was caught having sex in his car near L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard with prostitute Divine Brown. At the time, he was dating British beauty Elizabeth Hurley. Despite the scandal, Hurley — who began dating Grant in 1987 — stood by her man for another five years before they called it quits in 2000.
The former couple still maintain a strong friendship and bond, which the Royals actress, 51, opened up about during a February 2016 interview on the U.K. morning show Lorraine: “He’s still my best friend, and he’s very important to me.”
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