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Scarlett Johansson Talked Marriage and Learning 'How to Be Alone' in Interview Before News of Split

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Scarlett Johansson opened up about the challenges of her busy work schedule in an interview conducted before news surfaced in January that she and husband Romain Dauriac had split.

The actress sat for an interview with Event Magazine, in which she alluded to challenges in her marriage to Dauriac — from whom she filed for divorce earlier this month. The two are sparring over where to settle with their their 2-year-old daughter Rose Dorothy now that Johansson has filed for physical custody of the child.

In the interview, Johansson admitted that her job kept her constantly moving. “I work a lot so I don’t really live anywhere for very long periods of time,” Johansson, 32, said. “Sometimes I live in Paris for a couple of months, then I have a job some place and then I come back to New York. I guess my base is New York-ish, cause my family is here. But my husband’s family is all in Paris so we try to spend a lot of time there also. Especially now that we have Rose.”

Johansson with Dauriac the night after announcing split

 

And though the interview took place before news surfaced of the couple’s split, the interviewer noted that Johansson referred to Dauriac as her “hubby” and that she said the family will “all be in one place” once Rose starts going to school and they have to settle.

The actress also mentioned how she had entered relationships in the past for the wrong reasons.

“I mean, I’ve chosen people as a result of not wanting to feel alone – or trying to fill some kind of space, or deal with the way I feel when I am in a crowd or suddenly on my own,” said the star, who was also married to Ryan Reynolds for two years before splitting in 2011.

“I’ve realized in the past couple of years I have never actually been alone. I have always been with somebody,” she said, referencing her twin brother, Hunter. “And in those first moments of life, even just the spark of it, having somebody else there must affect one, right? Because of that, I’m learning now how to be alone just with myself. But it’s challenging. It doesn’t mean that I don’t feel alone at times or lonely, but I’m realizing that I’ve always had this other half out there.”

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Johansson filed for divorce from Dauriac in early March after a source confirmed to PEOPLE that the couple had been separated since last summer. Both Johansson and Dauriac are asking for residential custody of the child as they gear up for a legal battle on where the child will live.

Shortly after filing, the actress released a statement saying that she will not be commenting on her divorce proceedings.

“As a devoted mother and private person and with complete awareness that my daughter will one day be old enough to read the news about herself, I would only like to say that I will never, ever be commenting on the dissolution of my marriage,” she said in the statement. “Out of respect for my desires as a parent and out of respect for all working moms, it is with kindness that I ask other parties involved and the media to do the same.”