It looks like if you're the girl in Ryan Gosling's life, it's best not to get too comfortable. At least, according to Eva Mendes.
During a chat with Extra Wednesday, the actress (who shares 6-month-old baby Esmeralda with Gosling), gave a thumbs down to dressing down. "No, no, no, no! You can't do sweatpants. No," she said. "Ladies, No. 1 cause of divorce in America? Sweatpants. No. Can't do that."
Sweatpants have become somewhat the iconic symbol of laziness - the uniform of choice for grocery runs to Walmart.
First of all we are going to give Eva the benefit of the doubt on this one. What I think we all hope she meant is that if you let yourself go, it's going to cause trouble in your relationship. That's still not an easy statement to make because many many people will chirp that if you love someone it shouldn't matter what they look like - marriage should be through sickness and health and a 30 pound weight gain - yada yada yada.
It's a terrific sentiment, but it doesn't get you very far in the real world, and to be perfectly frank, its an all too convenient excuse for not keeping yourself in the best shape you can be in. Notice I didn't write that you should keep yourself looking 21 forever. We all age, change, and our bodies go through various stages. Pregnancy can wreck havoc, bouts with illness and depression can take their tole. But each of us has a responsibility to keep ourselves in the best shape we can - maintaining our health, our strength and our sex appeal is part of maintaining any intimate relationship.
So we get it. It's not the sweatpants - it's what they represent - giving up on yourself first and foremost and the impact that has on your relationships.
Eva's comments caused something of an uproar on Twitter. For one thing, Mendes and Gosling aren't married. But more importantly, sweatpants (and the wearing thereof) turn out to have a fair number of supporters of both genders:
Later, Mendes, who charmed us all with her first Instagram post last week, claimed she was only joking. Early Friday, she posted a photo of a pair of sweatpants (presumably her own) and wrote in the caption:
"Dear favorite pair of sweatpants. I was just kidding when I said you're the #1 cause of divorce. Everyone knows that orange crocs are the #1 cause of divorce. Either way it was a bad joke and feel terrible if you or anyone thought I was serious. Thanks for understanding sweatpants. Sorry orange crocs."
Even as she back-pedalled away from the controversy her remarks created, she still raised an important point, and called everyone out for getting too comfortable with letting themselves go. Point heard!
What do you guys think? Do you feel that letting yourself slide has impacted your relationships? Did Eva's comments hit a nerve and piss you off? Does she have a point?
Let us know in the comments below.