London: Hollywood star George Clooney has admitted he didn't work 'hard" enough at his marriage to Talia Balsam and had to undergo therapy when the union failed.
The 50-year-old actor, who recently split from girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, was married to Balsam for four years until 1993.
Even though he sought help from a counsellor when the marriage ended, the actor said he didn't get the response he was hoping for.
"I was not prepared to face up to the fact you need to work at a marriage. I was 28 and not as tolerant as I should have been. I went into therapy for the first and only time in my life after the marriage was over. I found out you can use therapy to justify pretty much anything.”
"They will say, 'You are not wrong to feel that way'. Sometimes you just want them to say, 'You are a real jerk.' I have probably worked harder at friendships than I did my marriage," said Clooney.
The 'Ocean's Eleven' star, whose previous girlfriends have included model Lisa Snowdon and waitress Sarah Larson, also admitted his "selfish" devotion to his work has meant none of his relationships have lasted more than a few years.
"I love working. I love being on a film set, trying to make something special. It is a very selfish life. It means my relationships seem to last between two and three years. At that point, these independent women think it is time to call it a day. I don't blame them for wanting more from a relationship."