Zoe Saldana Gives Relationship Advice in Marie Claire

Zoe Saldana Marie Clarie

Fans of Zoe Saldana thought her ex, Bradley Cooper, was hubby material but her Marie Claire cover story explains why her current husband is her match.

She’s firm in “not to settle,” in her relationship which is why despite her 11-year relationship with her ex fiancé, Keith Britton, and a boomerang romance with Bradley Cooper, she wed Marco Perego.

“If you’re not happy with a person, leave. And wait until you find that one person who makes you feel good about yourself every single day and is not expecting you to change, but to grow.”

Her relationship with Marco only lasted a few months before they jumped the broom, but she knew he was the one from the beginning. “I don’t do the ABCs. I do what my heart says, what my heart feels. So from the moment I met my husband, we were together. We knew,” she told the magazine about her exchange of vows after a few months of dating.

The married star continued to dish on her love life and offer relationship advice, leaving fans with a lasting message on handling disrespect.

“I have been in relationships where a man has disrespected me, and I don’t need to be friends with that man anymore. I don’t want to be the one going, ‘I’m cool, because I’m friends with all my exes.’ There’s a reason why you’re called an ex. I crossed you off my list. Moving on. You cross a line, you need to know that you’re going to walk this earth knowing that there’s an individual who has no respect for you.”

Flip the page to see more pictures from her Marie Claire August 2014 Issue