Zöe Saldaña On Love: ‘To Be With a Man, Should Be a Want’ Not a Need

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Beautiful and talented actress Zöe Saldaña revealed her thoughts about love and relationships in a recent interview with Latina. The African-Latin beauty who was born to a Dominican father and a Puerto Rican mother, shared her viewpoint on love and heartbreak. In June 2010, she and her long-time, on-again off-again boyfriend Keith Britton announced their engagement. Sadly, the following year the two decided to amicably split after 11 years of dating. The actress then dated actor Bradley Cooper, only for her to end the relationship with him in the latter part of 2012.

As one can only imagine, Zöe has experienced immense heartbreak since ending her two public relationships, but she was able to pull herself together quickly.

Read excerpts from her interview with Latina below:


On heartache and losing Bradley :

I feel it [heartache], I allow myself to feel it. Of course everyone around me will notice how it made me feel, but I tend to recover very easily.

On recovering from heartbreak:

When I lose, when my heart is broken, when I lose a competition, when I don’t get something, when something doesn’t go my way or I have a heartbreak or whatever… maybe I haven’t really fallen in love yet, had that crash boom bam in my life yet, but I tend to recover… healthy and smoothly. And I’ve been that way up until now. And if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

On wanting a man vs. needing a man:

I need water, you know what I’m saying? I need to exercise, I need to eat. To be with a man, should be a want. I don’t need anybody.

Do you agree with Zöe?


  1. Mz

    April 14, 2013 at 10:54 am

    What stupid statement. Typically, they come from so called ”independent” women. Wants are related to things, materials that ultimately, expire over time. Love is not a thing, it is a human need. As long as people treat others as things, happiness will be further and further away in their future.

  2. TB

    April 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

    When did Dominican and Puerto Rican become African?

    And I don’t think her statement was stupid. Just as she stated, a person needs to eat, drink water and breathe but you want a person in your life that will treat you right and love you.

  3. Consuelo

    April 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Wise woman with a wise a statement and lesson for many. A “need” is a requirement for survival e.g. air, water and sleep. A “want” should be that which is healthy and that which can enhance one’s life: both people in a relationship should be complementing and enhancing each others’s lives as oppose to complicating it. Most people welcome healthy relationships. I imagine Zoe learnt from her failed relatioshps and wisely concluded through her learnt lesson that a partner should be viewed as a “want” and not a “need”. A person need to love themself before they can love another without trying to change them. You can only change money and not people. One can conveniently alter their behaviour to attract the targeted prey and once they can no longer act and their true self resurfaces, there will be a breakdown in that relationship. Be yourself.

    Best Wishes in the future Zoe.

  4. Caryn G.

    April 15, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Yes, Yes, and yes!! I Totally agree with Zoe we all as Human beings “want” a companion. a wonderful Godfearing husband, Loving, caring, Responsible, Attentive, independent, great sense of humor & half Handsome, and i say half because you never want a man that stays in the mirror as Long as you. a woman does not need a man to Validate who she is. we don’t need anyone but God! we want, what we want. Zoe says I need water, i need food However, i do not need anyone. I Love it!!

    • mudbone

      April 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      say it again sister!

  5. Tawnymarie

    April 16, 2013 at 4:57 am

    I’m feeling her on that statement. I once put all my faith and hope in a man and he ended giving me a dose of reality. I took that dose and turned to God which I had put on the back burner. The strength and renewal i received was one of the best things that has ever happend to me, so now I feel that the only thing you need consistently in your life besides the basic neccesities is God.

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