Sep. 7, 2011 at 12:43 PM ET
Five years after Reese Witherspoon's divorce from Ryan Phillippe, the actress has remarried (to agent Jim Toth), and admits that her post-divorce years were difficult. "I was hard on myself when I got divorced. And until I got remarried, I don't think I realized how stressed I was," she says in the new issue of Marie Claire. "I feel so much relief. I don't think I recognized how anxious I was about being a single parent. It was really, really stressful. It's not easy on anybody."
Of her marriage to Toth, Witherspoon says she's lucky to have found someone who is so great, especially with her kids. "You know, somebody close to me once said, 'Oh, no man will ever accept your children.' And I just thought it was the most horrifying thing someone has ever said to me in my entire life," she says. "I was determined to find somebody who would make that not true. And I got lucky. I did. I got very lucky, and he's wonderful. And so wonderful with the children. I'm very blessed."
You can read the entire interview in Marie Claire right here.