Matt Damon Says He’s Lucky to Have Married Someone Who Isn’t Famous


Matt Damon, who has been married to his wife Luciana Barroso since 2005, believes he is very lucky he fell in love with a “normal” person instead of a fellow celebrity. He says that because Luciana isn’t a big star, it keeps the spotlight off the couple and their kids, unlike Brad Pitt. He thinks that because Brad and Angelina are both such huge stars, they have trouble finding privacy:

“If you can control the celebrity side of celebrity, then it’s worth it. I look at Brad—and I have for years—and when I’m with him I see the intensity of that other side of it. And the paparazzi and the insane level of aggression they have and their willingness to break the law and invade his space—well, I wonder about that trade. I remember telling him that I walk my kids to school, and his face just fell. He was very kind, but he was like, ‘You b-stard.’ Because he should be able to do that, too. And he can’t.”

Speaking on keeping his marriage private, Matt says that there is no intense interest around his marriage and he also thinks they are a very normal couple so the media tend to just ignore them which works perfectly for them because they get to have the privacy that they want as a family:

“I got lucky, I fell in love with a civilian. Not an actress and not a famous actress at that. Because then the attention doesn’t double—it grows exponentially. Because then suddenly everybody wants to be in your bedroom. But I don’t really give them anything. If I’m not jumping up and down on a bar, or lighting something on fire, or cheating on my wife, there’s not really any story to tell. They can try to stake me out, but they’re always going to get the same story—middle-aged married guy with four kids. So as long as that narrative doesn’t change too much, there’s no appetite for it.”