Reese Witherspoon on "Humiliating" Divorce

March 4, 2009 By:
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With an Oscar under her belt, an adorable boyfriend, and two gorgeous kids, Reese Witherspoon is living the high life.

The stunning actress is the latest star to grace the cover of Elle magazine. In the issue she talks love, divorce, Jake, and the pesky paparazzi. Here are some highlights from the interview:

On her divorce:
“Very humiliating and very isolating…But, by the way, if it’s not painful, maybe it wasn’t the right decision to marry to begin with. Those are the appropriate emotions. When people get in your face and say, ‘This will pass,’ you think, Are they crazy? I’m never gonna feel any better than I feel right this minute and nothing’s ever gonna make sense again. And I still have moments where I’m like, Nothings ever gonna make sense again.”

On boyfriend, Jake Gyllenhaal:
“He’s fabulous. He really is a fantastic guy. Unfortunately, he’s not in the movie, so we can’t really talk about him.”

On being a young mother:
“When I first had Ava, I couldn’t afford [help]. And it was so hard. I was out in Los Angeles, living [away from my family]. I really didn’t have any friends. And I had a baby. No one else who was 22 had a baby. I couldn’t go out.”

On the paparazzi:
“Fascination is gonna die off. I honestly know it. But it’s just like I keep waiting and waiting, and then its just more tabloid magazines, and it keeps going. I don’t take a shower everyday. I don’t put on makeup everyday. I wear a lot of sunglasses, in case you noticed.”

On her reported Type A personality:
“I think I’m just fearful. I operate from a lot of fear, like, of things being lost or forgotten or neglected. Losing the spiritual rather than the physical. It’s so funny to me that somehow I’ve been portrayed as a very, like, closed-off or uptight person. I’m very open.”

On not being diet obsessed:
“I’m made of cookies after the holidays. Everything inside me is made of sugar and flour and a little red wine–a lot of red wine.”