US author stuns fans with bombshell confession: ‘I hate my husband’



She probably should have said: “I don’t.”

A prominent US journalist has shocked fans by revealing she “hates” her husband — but insists she has no plans to divorce him.

Heather Havrilesky, 51, makes the bombshell confession in her new book “Foreverland: On the Divine Tedium of Marriage” (Ecco) — likening her spouse of 16 years to “a pointy Lego brick underfoot,” “a smelly heap of laundry” and a “snoring heap of meat.”

The writer — who has previously penned the “Ask Polly” advice column for New York magazine — tied the knot with her husband, Bill, back in 2006, after he sent her an email praising her work.

The couple now share two daughters, aged 15 and 12, but Havrilesky says their union is constant work, and she wanted to write a realistic memoir about the hardships of marriage.

“The reason I wrote the book in the first place is in our culture we love to tell stories about falling in love,” she told the Times. “There are a lot less stories and books and movies about actually making a relationship work over the long haul.”

The couple tied the knot in 2006, after Bill emailed Havrilesky to compliment her on her writing. Instagram/@heatherhav“I just kept picking up books about marriage and then throwing them across the room,” she further declared. “They just felt so false.”

Havrilesky further told the publication that she hopes her book is a refreshing antidote to the “carefully curated glimpses of people’s lives, which you see so often on Instagram and Twitter, where everything is serene and lovely and calm and loving.”

However, the star journalist is prepared for the backlash.

In one chapter of her new book, Havrilesky writes that she harbored a crush on another man whilst she was married — a confession that is sure to make many readers uncomfortable.

Havrilesky hopes her book is a refreshing antidote to the curated couple photos that are frequently posted on social media. InstagramBut the writer insists she told her husband about her feelings as they were unfolding, and he didn’t mind her writing publicly about it.

“I knew that was sick and wrong of me,” she explained. “But in real life from the very beginning I’d told Bill every beat of the situation, to the point where he was like, ‘I’m honestly bored of talking about this. You’ve never fantasized about anyone? This is just normal stuff. It’s not the end of the world.’ “

Havrilesky said she and her husband are extremely honest with one another — something that has helped their relationship to stand the test of time. Despite their frustrations with each other, they believe their union is a lifeline commitment.

Havrilesky says her book ultimately defends the institution of marriage, while simultaneously being realistic and honest about its challenges.Instagram/@heatherhavWhile her new book is a warts-and-all look at the “drudgery and monotony” of marriage, Havrilesky insists her intention is to show that it is an institution worth defending.

The writer recently underwent treatment for breast cancer, and Bill was by her side.

“I hate it when people say their husband is their best friend, but he is my best friend, my therapist and my mother in one,” she cooed.

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