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.”
“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.