Did Zoe Saldana’s Husband Just Start a Non-Traditional Marriage Trend?
After the wedding and honeymoon have ended there are a million things to take care of: unwrapping presents, sending thank you notes, starting to pay off those expensive credit card bills and, perhaps, changing your last name. Women trading their surnames for their partner’s has been a hot topic for some time now and the tradition, as we know, is for the woman to take the man’s. Should you hyphenate your name, make no change or drop yours and simply take your partner’s? When this situation arose for Zoe Saldana and her husband Italian artist Marco Perego, Perego surprised his wife by telling her he wanted to take her last name.
Zoe opened up about the name change during a recent interview with Instyle. She explains, “I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.’ But Marco looks up at me and says, ‘Ah, Zoe, I don’t give a s**t.'” The couple wed back in 2013 and are now parents of two super cute twins.
While this is a definite win for progressive partners everywhere, it’s shockingly far from the norm. In fact, Marie Claire reports a “recent statistic revealed that more than 50 percent of all Americans believe the woman should be legally required to take her husband’s name when she gets married.” Yikes. Here’s to hoping Marco’s not-so-bold-when-you-think-about-it move will inspire other couples to follow in their footsteps.
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