Is Katherine Heigl okay with cheating?

Dec 8, 2011 at 3:32 p.m. ET

Katherine Heigl says she would forgive her husband if he cheated. Is she giving him permission to stray?

Katherine Heigl Josh Kelly

The last thing Katherine Heigl seems like is a pushover -- after all, the gal is known for being rather mouthy. So why would she let her husband get away with cheating?

The New Year's Eve star tells Cosmopolitan UK that she would give her husband of four years, Josh Kelley, a second chance if he strayed.

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"Josh and I always said that cheating would be a deal breaker; there is no second chance," she told the mag.

"But I've seen friends and acquaintances go through it and they've found a way back to the relationship, and a way to forgive each other. As much as I would kill him if he cheated because it would destroy me, I have started to question whether, if a mistake were to be made and it was a one-time thing, I would forgive him."

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"Because look at the life we've built together. We have history, we have a child... But at the same time, it would be really hard to ever fully trust that person again."

That family consists of their daughter Naleigh, who they adopted from South Korea in 2009.

"I just knew I was going to do it. I addressed it with Josh before we were even engaged," Heigl explained.

"He's such an amicable, good guy and he was like, 'Yeah sure, why not?' So, after we'd been married for about two years, we started the process," she said.

But not everything would run so smoothly. Once they got Naleigh home, they ran into similar fears and insecurities as any new parents.

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"The first few days we were shell-shocked and terrified of messing up," she said. "I felt a need to protect her -- that's just a mother's instinct -- but I was also intimidated by her, and nervous that she wouldn't love me."

"She'd just flown across the world and we were speaking a different language, we were in a different time zone, we looked different... plus she'd been in a really loving, wonderful foster home. For the first three weeks, we couldn't get her to giggle. I was like, 'Oh no, she hates us.'"

Luckily, all has worked out well. Heigl and Kelley are often seen out and about with their daughter, who looks thrilled as can be at her home life.

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