Jessica Alba may have met her husband, Cash Warren, on the set of 2004’s Fantastic Four (he was a director’s assistant, she played Sue Storm), but there have been times that their relationship has been something slightly less than fantastic, Warren admitted.
In an interview on Whine Down with Jana Kramer published Monday, Warren recalled a time “about four years into our relationship” (which, napkin math, must have been 2008, the same year they got married and also welcomed their first child) when they briefly broke up. The reason: Warren was jealous.
“When we first started dating I was really jealous of other guys and the attention she was getting from other guys. It just wasn’t making me feel good,” he said on the podcast. “I was always a pretty confident person in my own—kind of walking my own path and really happy there, and next thing you know I’m looking up and feeling jealous all the time.”
“I was like, ‘I hate feeling like this. It doesn’t make me feel good, and I know it doesn’t make you feel good,’” he recalled telling Alba before their breakup. “It was the jealousy. I was turning into an asshole, and so we broke up.”
He used the time apart to do some serious thinking, he said.
“During that time apart, I was just like, if we ever got back together, I'm promising, I like made a promise to myself to like channel that into in a different way, into a more productive way,” he said.
Spoiler: They did get back together, and Warren, who founded men’s basics brand Pair of Thieves, said that he considers himself to be Alba’s “biggest cheerleader” in her professional ambitions, including acting and her business, Honest Company. “I’ve tried to be a good teammate in that regard.”
“We find ways where she can support me and she can uplift me,” he said. “We do try to find that balance.”
The couple has three children, Honor, Haven, and Hayes. Remember that assholery Warren referred to earlier? Warren and Alba, according to a 2020 interview with Reveal, the magazine of Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott, the couple are committed to not repeating that pattern.
“One thing that Jessica and I are 100 percent aligned on is that we’re not raising a–holes,” Warren said of their kids. “If they get out of line, we’re not going to stand for it. We’ve tried to maintain the values our parents taught us.”