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Woody Allen Opens Up About Why His Marriage Is So Successful, Discusses Daughter's Abuse Allegations

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By Chris Barilla

In a rare new interview with The Daily Mail legendary actor Woody Allen gave some rarely-heard insight into his 22 year long marriage to Soon-Yi Previn and how they've managed to make it work so well as a couple for that span of time.

Beyond that, Allen got very candid about the abuse allegations levied against him by his daughter, Dylan Farrow, his mental process regarding the allegations, and how he has handled the fallout of the media frenzy surrounding it all.

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"I admit, it didn't make sense when our relationship started," Allen explained to 'The Daily Mail' about how he​ and Previn managed to come together romantically. "On the surface, we looked like an irrational match. I was much older and she was an adopted kid."

Allen then spoke about some of the common misconceptions surrounding his and Previn's age gap and how it affects them as a couple, claiming that he sees little to no issue in it or considers it exploitative.

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"It looked to the outside world that it was an exploitative situation – that I would exploit her as an older predatory male, and she would exploit me for whatever I had. That was never the case. In the past, I had always gone out with actresses, but for whatever inexplicable reason, with Soon-Yi it worked," he explained to the publication about his and Previn's solid chemistry.

Allen claims that the major successes in his relationship come from the fact that he and Previn don't disagree on any major issues.

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"She doesn’t really like jazz or sports, and I don’t like some of the TV shows she watches," the star said to 'The Daily Mail,' "But we agree on the big stuff – raising kids, where to live, how to act with each other."

"We adopted two children together. Being a father was important to me. We had a lot of fun. Both the girls are in college now, one in California and one at art college in New York. Soon-Yi changed me," he continued to explain."

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Beyond the marriage, Allen opened up about a darker instance in his past, speaking in regards to his then-seven year old daughter's allegations of abuse at his hands, Allen was much more candid in his take on the situation, saying, "Of course I am aware I am the subject of gossip and scandal, but I cannot let it bother me. I live my life. I work. I play jazz. I watch sports. I see my friends. I don’t look up and I don’t read anything. It was a false allegation but a great tabloid drama."

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