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    Zoe Saldana: I Need to "Protect" My Marriage After High-Profile Breakups

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    Zoe Saldana likes to keep her personal life and career separate.

    In the latest issue of Ocean Drive magazine, the actress addressed why she works so hard to keep her relationship (and marriage) with Marco Perego out of the public eye.

    "I love what I do so much, but I love my [personal] life more," she told the magazine.

    "I realized through the years of being in this business that the only way to maintain some kind of sanity is to protect that which is most dear to you, which is your life and everyone that's in it."

    But the actress didn't end her reasoning there.

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    Saldana added that her rule of thumb "provides a sanity that gives me the ability to be insane by playing other people and living in other bodies for a long period of time, and then coming back home and knowing that my roots are so grounded that it's easy for me to go back to being myself. The only way I can continue having that is by absolutely avoiding the questions that are asked."

    Saldana and Perego were first romantically linked in May after they were snapped packing on the PDA while on vacation on the Italian island of Capri.

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    Cut to a few months later, the two reportedly tied the knot in a secret ceremony.

    But her relationship with the Italian artist isn't the only romance that Saldana has remained mum on.

    She previously dated Bradley Cooper and kept quiet about their off-screen love affair.

    "I like respecting all of the family members that are in my life and my friends. These are people that choose to be in my life; they're not choosing to be in what I do," she explained. "So I owe it to them to keep them protected."

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