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Why Scarlett Johannson Chose to Date Colin Jost After Two Failed Marriages

If you seek the opinion of Scarlett Johnson on the issue of monogamy, expect to get a “sitting on the fence ” kind of answer. Scarlett has had a fair share of monogamous relationships as she has been married and divorced twice. The actress was first married to actor Ryan Raynold, but they got divorced after about two years, and she moved on to marry French manager, Romain Dauriac. Scarlett’s marriage to Dauriac lasted about two years as well before they split and she began to feel like being in that sweet relationship with just one person can be quite tough.

The actress told Playboy magazine last year “Well, with every gain there’s a loss, right? So that’s a loss. You have to choose a path. I think the idea of marriage is very romantic; it’s a beautiful idea, and the practice of it can be a wonderful thing.”


“I don’t think it’s natural to be a monogamous person,” she admitted. “I might be skewered for that, but I think it’s work. It’s a lot of work.”

The actress’s proof is that when you ask a lot of couples how they manage to stay married, they mention how it requires effort and how tasking it is. Though there are couples who talk about establishing a comfortable relationship with their partner and having the whole love story rosey all the way, there are so many who can’t talk about their relationships without mentioning the sacrifices and tough times they have had.

“And the fact that it is much work for so many people—for everyone—the fact of that proves that it is not a natural thing,” Scarlet noted to the mag. “It’s something I have a lot of respect for and have participated in, but I’ll think it definitely goes against some instincts to look beyond.”

However, Scarlett is ready to let go of all that ideology for the right guy. Johansson didn’t mean to fall in love this deep with Colin Jost. In fact, their romance which began last summer was more like a casual friendship, but somehow, Scarlett caught feelings and started to open up to friends about how she likes the 36-year old comedian, and she just might be willing to give marriage another chance with this man.

A source recently released to E! News that “Scarlett says he is different than many of the men she has been with. “

It’s not as if the Lucy actress fell head over heels in love with Colin the very second she set eyes on him. At the time the duo met, Scarlet was still healing from her second divorce, and her fans were hoping she’d make a perfect pair with Chris Evans who is her fellow Marvel universe star but that was never going to happen.

A source told E! News last March that “Scarlett just got separated from Romain and is still dealing with the fact that now she’s had two failed serious relationships. She’s not trying to rush into anything and is just chilling.”

The actress was chilling, but that didn’t stop her from having a crush on Gordon Ramsey who she called the hottest man alive, and Anthony Bourdain. However, that didn’t mean that she was ready to start dating at that point.

“I’m on guard,” she explained to Stern, “because I have a young daughter. That’s something I’m more concerned about.”

So when Jost and Scarlett met again in March, the mother of one decided to take things slow with the joke writer and she wasn’t sure the relationship was one that would lead to forever.

Though Scarlett was intrigued by the comedian, the pair agreed to keep their romance fun, casual, and of the raider, till they were sure it would lead to something more. However, they still weren’t ready to tag their relationship with the boyfriend and girlfriend status. A close source told E! News “They’re not in a relationship, but they have fun together. They like each other, but it’s not exclusive—at least not at this point.”

Jost talked with E! News during the Hilarity for Charity’s Third Annual New York City Variety Show that June. He chatted about how “I went to Alabama for the first time in my life, which is pretty cool. I’d never been and thought why not do some shows there?”) tour Europe and head out of the city to Montauk, N.Y. to surf and relax a bit.”

However he didn’t mention that he made that trip with scarlett, he only said: “I’m very happy in my personal life.”

By fall, the two secret lovers had become official and weren’t hiding their relationship from the world anymore. While Scarlett was unable to Join Jost at the Emmy awards, he had his mind fixed on his girl. He told ET  “She’s working, so otherwise, she’d be here.” Adding that “She’s pretty cool…It’s hard to have a lot of complaints; she’s pretty awesome.”

Since the duo came out in the open with their relationship status, they have been attending shows together and showing some PDA that has fans melting.

What exactly is it about Colin that Scarlett finds so irresistible? An insider shared with E! News that “She seems like she saw a good guy. Scarlett is more into personality than anything when it comes to men. Colin makes her laugh. She seems really into Colin.”

Scarlett is not only happy to be in love with a new man, but she also sees herself in monogamy for the third time. All she has to do is make sure she remains happy and pick a few lessons from her two failed marriages that would be instrumental to the success of the future one.

Furthermore, the actress is grateful she isn’t dating a fellow actor. She shared with cosmopolitan in 2016 that  “The logistics of being with another actor are challenging. There has to be a real understanding of how you share your time, especially when two people’s careers are going at the same rate. Or even if one person is more successful than the other, that also proves challenging. There may be a competitive thing.”

In 2015, Scarlett also talked about the warning signs of failure in relationships between two people in the movie industry in an interview with Parade. The actress said “Acting is a bizarre world to be co-existing in. It’s very volatile. There’s always going to be the more successful person. It’s related to rejection. Because actors, if they’re not having success, connect it directly to unpopularity—to the fact that nobody wants them. It’s not necessarily true. I’m constantly rejected.” Hence that means that any marriage between two movie stars requires even more work: “It takes a man who’s not only confident in the love that you have for one another but confident in what he has going on in his own career.”

These days, Colin and Scarlet appear to be proud of what they have going on, and an insider even shared with People Magazine that  “Scarlett likes to be in love. Colin is good for her because she likes smart men, especially writer types. She is a very bright girl and always searching for that perfect match.”

Another friend of the couple told E! News that “They’re both very respectful of each other’s careers and very supportive.” Adding that “They’re very much in love.”

Emmanuella Ekokotu
Writer, face model, and lover of all things beautiful


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