After 30 years of marriage, Denzel and Pauletta Washington grace the cover of Ebony’s August 2013 “Black Wealth Issue” to discuss how they make it last forever.
“I live with this man. I see the down part. I see the sad part. I see every part. He has and knows he has that stability in me as his wife. That’s gives him strength, regardless of if he misuses it. I can’t dwell on that. But I do know that gives him a great platform to go and fly,” Pauletta says.
Speaking candidly with writer Shirley Henderson, Denzel said that there is no movie magic or Hollywood sleight of hand to their longevity:
“There’s no magical mystery to [staying together] … We go through up and downs like any couple,” Denzel said.
Infidelity rumors have dogged the couple for years, including an alleged affair between Denzel and “Out of Time” co-star Sanaa Lathan, which she vehemently denied.
“They said I was pregnant with Denzel’s child, and people were calling my mother, saying I’m having his baby. It’s frustrating. People are going to talk no matter what.”
The couple remains solid, despite the crazy Tinseltown drama and microwave marriages that surround them:
“We live in a time — and it’s not for me to judge anyone — when people give up too easy,” Denzel says.
The issue is on newsstands now.