Zoe Saldana has responded to criticism over her husband Marco Perego's decision to take on her last name. In an emotive Facebook post, the actress said she felt "proud" that her husband had taken her surname as his own, adding that it shouldn't be shocking or newsworthy.
"Fathers, sons, brothers, men everywhere: Your legacy will not perish if you take your partner's surname, or she keeps hers," Zoe wrote. "I've been made aware that a comment I made regarding my marriage has garnered some attention. I felt proud that my husband decided to take my last name as his own."
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Zoe Saldana has defended Marco Perego's decision to take her surname
She continued: "Why is it so surprising, shocking- eventful that a man would take his wife's surname? Women have never been asked if it's ok for them to give up their names – why doesn’t that make the news?"
The mum-of-two continued to implore fans to think outside the box and "see what is truly important", before signing off the message from herself and Marco.
Zoe surprised some fans when she made the revelation that Marco had chosen to take her surname in a recent interview. Speaking to InStyle magazine, she explained that she had initially been hesitant and "tried to talk him out of it".
She told him: "If you use my name, you're going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world."
However Marco was undeterred and stood by his decision, something that Zoe believes their twin sons Cy and Bowie will "respect and admire" their father for when they are older.
Zoe and her artist husband tied the knot in a secret ceremony in June 2013 after a short romance. The couple welcomed their twin sons in November and have appeared happier than ever as they adjust to their new life as a family of four.