by Mara Peoples
June 30, 2017
Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images
On June 25th, 2017 two-time Oscar winner, Denzel Washington (61) and his wife, Pauletta Washington (66) celebrate 34 years of marriage and are still going strong as one of the longest marriages in Black Hollywood. Lets take a walk down their love timeline and see how Denzel and Paulette made 34 years seem like a breeze.
The two met in 1977 while filming Wilma, Denzel’s first television role and were married in June 1983. Together they have four children: John David (30), Katia (27), and twins Olivia and Malcolm (13).
The couple traveled to South Africa in 1995 where they renewed their vows as Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiated. Despite the many rumors and the many women who have tried to come in between them, the two have never lost sight of their love for one another.
Mr. and Mrs. Washington tell Ebony, “‘We live in a time — and it’s not for me to judge anyone — when people give up too easily. It’s a disposable society; get another [spouse].’ Pauletta agrees saying, ‘For me, the ‘love’ in the love story is how you come through the trials. The passion, the lust — that’s easy. The love story is how you come out in love after hardship.'” Congratulations to the happy couple and we wish them 34+ years of happiness, love, and bliss! #BlackLove.
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