Cameron Diaz calls husband Benji Madden the ‘best thing that’s ever happened to me’ in rare interview

Cameron Diaz has remained mostly out of the public eye since her final film roles in 2014.

In 2015, she tied the knot with rocker Benji Madden in a private ceremony and the elusive couple has mostly kept quiet about their romance. In a rare interview for InStyle’s special 25th anniversary issue, the 46-year-old actress gets candid about her marriage and future career plans. 

“I just want to build better, stronger friendships with the people who are in it with me. Of course, that includes my husband,” she says of Madden, 40. “Getting married to him was the best thing that ever happened to me. My husband’s the best. He’s the greatest human being, and he’s my great partner. Marriage is certainly hard, and it’s a lot of work. You need somebody who’s willing to do the work with you, because there’s no 60-40 in marriage. It’s 50-50 period. All the time.”

Diaz isn’t afraid to get real, admitting, “I don’t know if I was ready [when I got married], but I knew Benji was special. He’s just a good man. There’s no bulls**t. It’s really refreshing. I’m grateful for him.”

As far as her career goes, the Sweetest Thing star isn’t eager to step back into the spotlight anytime soon. 

“The way I look at it is that I’ve given more than half of my life to the public. I feel it’s OK for me to take time for myself now to reorganize and choose how I want to come [back] into the world. If I decide to,” she says. “I don’t miss performing. Right now I’m looking at the landscape of wellness and all that. But whatever I do, it has to be something I’m passionate about -- something that just feels effortless.” 

Diaz is enjoying the freedom her new lifestyle affords her. 

“It’s fun to just not have anybody know what I’m up to. Because my time is mine,” she explains. “I’m not selling any films, and because I’m not selling anything, I don’t have to give anybody anything. I’m not doing this anymore. I’m living my life.”

That being said, she is looking to get more into the liftstyle landscape. Diaz has already penned two books about health and wellness. 

"I have some things brewing, but it’s a little too early to talk about them," she shares. "I love everything that my girlfriends are doing, like what Gwyneth Paltrow has done with Goop and my sister-in-law, Nicole Richie, with her House of Harlow."

The 25th anniversary issue of InStyle is on sale Aug. 16. 

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Guitarist Benji Madden and actress Cameron Diaz attend House of Harlow 1960 x REVOLVE on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden, and Jessie J are seen at LAX. on August 31, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Guitarist Benji Madden and actress Cameron Diaz attend House of Harlow 1960 x REVOLVE on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 02: Guitarist Benji Madden and actress Cameron Diaz attend House of Harlow 1960 x REVOLVE on June 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Benji Madden (L) and Cameron Diaz attend a basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: (L-R) Musician Benji Madden, author Vicky Vlachonis, and actress Cameron Diaz celebrate the launch of The Body Doesn't Lie by Vicky Vlachonis on May 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Goop)
Happy Birthday to my Beautiful Wife❤My best friend and Everything else- there's so much I could write. I'm the luckiest guy alive- I get to spend the rest of my life right here. I love this Woman!!❤️Many more Baby!! ❤️ 🎁🎉🎂
SUNRISE, FL - JULY 25: Benji Madden of Good Charlotte and actress Cameron Diaz during the NSYNC Challenge For The Children Celebrity Basketball Game at Office Depot Center in Sunrise, Florida on July 25, 2004. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) Benji Madden and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, Lance Bass, Beverley Mitchell and Cameron Diaz (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Benji Madden (L) and Cameron Diaz attend a basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 27, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
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