Scarlett Johansson has opened up about her failed marriage to Ryan Reynolds, saying it was 'the best thing I ever did.'
The 27-year-old Avengers star has remained positive about the relationship by telling U.S. Cosmopolitan she has no regrets about marrying The Proposal actor: 'I'm a big believer that when something feels right, you should do it,' Johansson says of her 2008 wedding. 'I'm a big believer in instinct. Getting married was the right thing to do because it was natural. It grew out of a romance and love and a desire to have a future with somebody, and I was very fortunate that I married somebody who turned out to be the person I thought he would be.'
However, Johansson is quick to admit that marriage to the 35-year-old wasn't as easy as she thought it would be: 'Relationships are complicated,' she says, 'and being married is a living, breathing process. I think I was not fully aware of the peaks and valleys. I wasn't prepared to hunker down and do the work.'
The couple's divorce was finalised in July 2011, just two months shy of their third wedding anniversary. She explains the breakdown of their relationship, saying: 'Both of us were extremely busy. We spent so much time apart. It's very difficult. It's bad.'
But the actress says she has no regrets about getting married: 'It seemed like a very romantic thing to do, and it was. It was the best thing I ever did.' Johansson says that she learnt a lot from her failed marriage and found strength from the experience: 'You have to be very confident and solid within yourself to have a successful marriage.'
Following a brief relationship with actor Sean Penn, the Lost In Translation star is currently single, and relishing the experience: 'I've never been single for a chunk of time before,' she says. 'You miss having a partner and a confidant, but I have to say, I'm appreciating having the time to get to know myself.'
Johansson's ex husband, Ryan Reynolds, has reportedly had a fling with Proposal co-star Sandra Bullock, but is now dating Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, and the couple have even been spotted house hunting together.