Naga Munchetty says she’s ‘not’ rude to her husband
Naga Munchetty, 45, has addressed a possible misconception about her marriage to husband James Haggar. The BBC Breakfast presenter opened up about why she and her other half often speak to each other in a “succinct” manner, which could be misconstrued as being “rude”.
Giving a rare insight into their relationship during her BBC Radio 5 Live show earlier this week, Naga spoke out while interviewing Philippa Perry.
It came after Philippa, a psychotherapist and author who is married to artist Grayson Perry, discussed relationships and arguments in lockdown with the journalist.
Philippa advised listeners to be less accusatory in their speech while communicating with others to avoid spats.
She said: “It’s really important to use ‘I statements’, so, ‘I feel, I noticed, I experience,’ rather than, ‘You always.’
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“If we start to try and sort out a matter with ‘you always’ and ‘you’, it’s going to break down because it’s very difficult to hear when the other person is ‘you-ing you’.”
“You immediately go defensive,” she explained.
After hearing Philippa’s thoughts on the issue, Naga said: “I think also it’s really easy as a couple to look at other couples or TV couples and think, ‘That’s the way to do it’.
“The way me and my partner speak is really succinct, just because of the jobs we do.
“We’re both in TV and have to be really succinct in everyday life and that’s how we’re used to talking to each other.
“Others may think, ‘Oh, they’re a bit rude to each other’, but we’re not, it’s just how we communicate.”
“You’ve got to find your way of doing it, haven’t you?” Naga pointed out.
Philippa agreed and added: “I think one size does not fit all.
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“For one couple, the way forward would be don’t sweat the small stuff, pick your arguments sensibly, and another couple might find that it’s best if you talk about everything so they don’t go big and out of proportion.
“So you have to find your own way as a couple.”
Naga went on to admit she would find it hard to “let things lie” and avoid arguments like Philippa tends to do.
She divulged: “I couldn’t do that, I’d be seething by the time I got to bringing it up!”
Naga, who tied the knot with her husband James in 2007, regularly updates fans on her day-to-day life on social media.
She previously revealed the one thing that is never “leftover” in their home.
In view of her 225,000 followers, Naga retweeted her response to a fan who quizzed the presenter about Jaffa Cakes.
The person in question wrote: “The next question though @TVNaga01… How many Jaffa cakes is it acceptable to eat when opening the packet? #BBCBreakfast.”
The BBC Breakfast host replied: “Once opened, they’re there for the eating. No such thing as leftovers in my home where Jaffa cakes are concerned.”
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