Leonardo DiCaprio: I Want to Get Married
Posted on Wed Oct 1, 2008 09:05 AM PDT

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LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Leonard DiCaprio is changing his tune when it comes to marriage. The once proudly single star tells Parade magazine that's he's ready to settle down.

"I want to get married and have children," the 33 year old says. "In saying that, I realize I am contradicting everything I've said before," adding, "I absolutely believe in marriage."

That's quite a change from statements Leo's made in the past where he's proclaimed to have "never been in love" and adamantly professed that he "didn't believe in marriage."

When asked about those former statements, the three-time Oscar nominee blames "the ignorance of youth."

"What I definitely feel a need for is to make my life about more than just my career." he continues.

"Just last night I was thinking to myself how little of my life has been lived normally and not spent on some far-off movie location. I want to get married and have children. In saying that, I realize I am contradicting everything I’ve said before."

Leo has had a string of high profile relationships, most notably with Brazilian supermodel Giselle Bundchen. He's been dating Israeli model Bar Refaeli for the past two years.

The interview is very revealing for the intensely private actor who seems very aware of the potential pitfalls of his privileged life.

"I hope I never get cynical. I think you need youthful energy, excitement and optimism in life."