“Mike and I were very in love when we met,” the singer and actress, now 27, tells Cosmopolitan in its April issue. “We both really wanted to get married. I’d been working since the age of 11 or 12, so making that choice at a young age seemed right for me. Maybe it wasn’t, but we spent the majority of our time together really happy.”
Slowly, though, things fell apart. But she says it never got ugly.
“It wasn’t working well enough to stay together, but there was still a lot of love involved,” she says. “It was just a slow set-in of us not being the match that we used to be. I’m lucky for the person he is and I am and how we decided to handle this.”
She adds: “I don’t want to sound bitter because I’m definitely not, but I don’t know if people are meant to be together forever. Things happen over a long relationship that you can’t always fight. A marriage of 20 years, the accomplishment of that must feel really great, but there are also huge sacrifices. I just always want to fight for happiness.”
Duff and Comrie, 34, a former NHL player, have a son together, Luca, who turns 3 on March 20.
In the new Cosmo interview, Duff also talks about her sexy single “All About You” from last summer, admitting she was feeling free after a dark period post-split.
“I wrote that song for a reason! I’ve enjoyed myself,” she says. “I think everyone should have something where you know it’s not exactly what you’re looking for, but you just have a wicked good time. That was really freeing for me and a bit of an awakening. It’s fun to have a secret.”
She also weighs in on Aaron Carter, whom she dated as a teen, declaring his love for her on Twitter, and frankly is baffled by it.
“Him reaching out through social media? It’s ridiculous!” she says. “But then people do it all the time, like Chris Brown and Karrueche? Come on, guys. Keep it between text messages.”