"He gave me something to really want to live for and something to smile about,” Applegate said.
Christina Applegate and Martyn LeNoble are a beautiful couple. In their decade-long marriage, the couple has been through many ups and downs, but Applegate is extremely grateful to her incredibly supportive husband. The Up All Night star's breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent double mastectomy in 2008 presented a very difficult time for the couple. She says that during that difficult period, her now-husband served as her pillar of support. She revealed to US Weekly at the time, "I have a small but mighty support system and Martyn has really been an incredible part of my life." She added, "Without him, I don't know if I could've gone through any of it. He came around at a time when there was a lot of loss in my life on many levels, so he's been a really incredible help."
After two years of dating, the Anchorman 2 actress, 51, and her musician partner, 53, got hitched on Valentine's Day in 2010. Before they got married, when Applegate went through surgery, she said Martyn really helped her find a balance and embrace her body. “You have to get through the physical transformations then buck up, go to work and try to be the normal, happy Christina for everyone around you,” she said.
She shares how Martyn and her relationship has gotten “stronger and stronger. I’m really lucky.” Most importantly, he made her feel “beautiful” about her new body. “I’m very grateful to Martyn for coming along at a time that he did because he’s been my rock through all of this,” Applegate said. “He gave me something to really want to live for and something to smile about.”
But even with Martyn's help, Applegate was starting to get stressed. In 2010, she decided to not allow it anymore. “Stress isn’t something I really allow into my life. It creeps in but that’s a huge thing, changing my diet, changing my want to make every day the best that I can,” Applegate, then 38, told PEOPLE in 2010 at the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s annual Revlon Run/Walk in Los Angeles.
And then, when Sadie Grace, now 12, was born to the couple on January 27, 2011. Applegate revealed to PEOPLE that motherhood was the thing that really helped her buckle through and healed her. “I’ve had to talk about that word [cancer] more than I’ve ever had to talk about a word in my life,” she said. “After a while, you’re like, ‘There’s got to be something else to me,’” she shared in an interview in 2011. “Yeah, now I’m Mom. She’s healed me in so many ways,” said the actress. “She’s just made my life so much better. She’s opened, my whole soul.”
My baby and I in 2018 saying goodbye to the home I grew up in This was the door I used to get to my room. So many memories there. But the tiny door…the door was at the ceiling Long story pic.twitter.com/abswYbi4oD— christina applegate (@1capplegate) February 19, 2022
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