Dax Shepard’s Revelation of Kristen Bell’s Past Jealousy of Anna Kendrick Sparks Debate

“Why would he tell this story, even with her consent? a fan asked

Dax Shepard has sparked a debate after recently informing Anna Kendrick that his wife Kristen Bell felt “jealous” of her.

The actor shared the revelation with Kendrick while speaking to the Pitch Perfect star during an episode of his Armchair Expert podcast earlier this month, when he revealed that his wife “had no jealousy than for a single human”.

Shepard, who began by acknowledging that he was giving Kendrick a “quick compliment”, revealed his wife’s past feelings for Kendrick after noting that he had received her permission to divulge the anecdote.

“So I’ve known Kristen for 15 years. She’s only had jealousy for one human, and that was you. I’ve never seen her. It blew my mind,” Shepard told Kendrick.

According to the Without a Paddle star, Bell’s jealousy stems from feeling competitive towards Kendrick.

“Kristen was like, ‘Who’s this other little person? Oh, so she can sing like that too? I’m already here. We’ve got another one,'” Shepard continued.

Shepard, who has been married to Bell since 2013, then revealed that in the “15 whole years” they were together, the Frozen star had “nothing but goodwill towards everyone”, but that she was “watching” Kendrick.

“She watched you, recognized how brilliant you were, lost some roles for you, and slowly processed it all. And only has wonderful feelings for you. But you’re the only person who’s ever made her jealous, which I witnessed,” Shepard added.

The admission was initially shocked by Kendrick, who called the realization “weird”. However, Kendrick later admitted to Shepard that she was never sure Bell “liked” her.

The actress then explained her belief, with Kendrick telling Shepard that she was likely influenced by her own “projections.”

“I never felt like she liked me,” she said. “But I think a huge percentage of that is really related to really sweet angelic blonde girls.

“I just assumed they think I’m weird, they think I’m this weird little troll. And I don’t think Kristen is small, I just think of her as an angel, and she’s so sweet.

Kendrick also suggested that because she considers herself “rough around the edges”, she thinks Bell wouldn’t like it.

Although Kendrick said it was probably her own “projections” that made her feel this way, she also said there may have been an “energetic thing there.”

However, she then added, “In all likelihood there wasn’t and that was just my typical thing of some women looking a certain way scares me and I just guess they won’t love me.”

The exchange between Kendrick and Shepard about Bell’s feelings has since sparked a debate on social media, where fans have questioned why the podcast host shared the “embarrassing” revelation about his wife’s feelings for Kendrick.

“Now why would you vent your wife’s insecurities like that?” one person asked, while another said, “If my husband did that he would come home to ask for divorce papers.”

“Why would he even say that? He could have just said my wife loves you or something non-awkward,” someone else said.

According to another reviewer, it was inappropriate of Shepard to tell the story even with his wife’s consent. “This conversation is so weird, I never liked the way Dax talks about Kristen but this is definitely the worst, why would he tell this story, even with her consent,” they wrote.

Although many criticized Shepard’s comments, others defended the actor on the grounds that he received permission from his wife to share the anecdote with Kendrick.

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