updated 07/23/2002 AT 1:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/23/2002 AT 1:15 PM ET
Julia Roberts has broken her silence on her secret July 4 wedding to cameraman Daniel Moder, whom she called “a man among men, unselfish and all-encompassing.” The star, 34, speaking to Diane Sawyer on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday, said that she and Moder, 33, were fated to be mated. “I hope that there are people who agree that I have done some good, kind things in my life, but to really, ultimately, stand fully in a moment of realizing that I was born to love and to be the wife of this man,” she said. She also conceded that Moder’s previous wife (of four years), makeup artist Vera Moder, had been reluctant to give Danny a divorce and called the situation “terribly complicated.” Roberts was coming off her own four-year relationship, with actor Benjamin Bratt. (Bratt, 38, married actress Talisa Soto, 35, earlier this year.) “I figure he is kind of making his choices,” Roberts said of her old boyfriend, “so all the better, because he was unhappy and he left and moved along and found happiness in a place where there aren’t any mosquitoes.” As for becoming a mother, Roberts said that she and Moder “want to have a family, and we will have a family in due course. And whether it’s a gaggle … I don’t know. It’ll be great.”
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