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Why do Rashida Jones and Ezra Koenig consider themselves husband and wife?

Why do Rashida Jones and Ezra Koenig consider themselves husband and wife?

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Rashida Jones explains why she and her boyfriend Ezra Koenig consider themselves husband and wife even though they are not legally married.

“We’re not married,” said Jones, 48. The New Yorker In an interview published on Sunday, July 7, we call ourselves that. But we are what we are in the eyes of God!

She continued: “My parents didn’t get married until my dad had his first brain aneurysm and my sister was six months old, for rights reasons. I’m sure we’ll get married at some point, but that’s basically it.” (The Parks and recreation the alum is the producer’s daughter Quincy Jones and late model Peggy Lipton.)

In 2011, years before Rashida and Koenig, 40, began dating, I love you man The star opened up about marriage, explaining why she may never get married.

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“Marriage doesn’t really give you anything. I mean, Chris Messinawho is my co-star in (Monogamy) is with my very close friend (producer Jennifer Todd),” she said E! News At the time, they weren’t married, but they had two children and they were very happy. It didn’t bring them anything. It just allowed them to have a big wedding to make other people happy.

Rashida and Koenig have been together since 2016. The actress and Vampire Weekend frontman welcomed their first baby, son Isiah, in 2018. We Weekly confirmed exclusively at the time.

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Speaking with NPR In 2021, Rashida opened up about the “emotionally intense years as a couple that followed” the birth of their child, as her mother died of cancer in May 2019, eight months after they became parents. She was 72.

“It was like being pulled back to back, like my heart was being pulled in every direction. I was in shock, in mourning,” she said. “I don’t even know if that’s a word, but I was completely out of my body and I had just had a baby. I was doubly out of my body.”

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She continued: “The craziest thing about birth and death is how brutal those feelings are. I think I still feel that way. It’s like something inside you breaks. It’s very binary, the two things – becoming a mother and losing my mother – like there’s my life before and my life after. And weirdly, there’s something that’s not recognizable until those two things happen.”