Why Candace Cameron Loves Being In a 'Submissive Marriage'

Her husband makes 'the final decision on just about everything,' she adds.

ByABC News
January 8, 2014, 11:16 AM

Jan. 8, 2014 -- Candace Cameron Bure has been happily married for 17 years to hockey player Val Bure and together, they have three children.

Now, she's giving the somewhat controversial explanation as to how she makes it all work: She's submissive in her marriage.

"I love that my man is a leader. I want him to lead and be the head of the family and those decisions, major decisions, do fall on him," she told HuffPo Live. "It doesn't mean I don't voice my opinion. It doesn't mean I don't have an opinion. I absolutely do. But it is very difficult to have two heads of authority."

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The former "Full House" star wrote a book, "Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose," and wrote, "I quickly learned that I had to find a way of honoring his take-charge personality and not get frustrated about his desire to have the final decision on just about everything. I am not a passive person, but I chose to fall into a more submissive role in our relationship because I wanted to do everything in my power to make my marriage and family work."

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"I allow him to make the final choice," she added in the interview. "Obviously I will make my opinion very clear and clearly I have been married for 17 years and we have a very happy marriage and it works very well."

Bure adds that even though her husband is the one who calls the shots in her home, he takes her opinions to heart and often makes the choice that she would have hoped he'd make.

"The definition that I'm using with submissive is the biblical definition," she explained. "It's meekness. It is not weakness. It's strength under control. It's bridled strength."