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Denzel Washington On 33 Years Of Marriage: "i Married Up!"

For the last 33 years award-winning actor and director Denzel Washington and his wife, actress Pauletta Washington's marriage has not only served as one of Hollywood's longest lasting relationships, but has also been one of the most successful marriages in the black community. It has served as one of the best examples of black love next to President Obama and First Lady Michelle's romance. No matter how many rumors come year after year trying to shatter the couple's positive image, they continue to celebrate their love with class and grace. Here is their story of Black love while sharing wisdom from their journey with us all. Denzel and Pauletta met in 1977 while the actor was filming his first TV role in Wilma – which she was also starring in. "I don't know if it's show business that has a monopoly on divorce, it's just that you hear about it," explained Denzel. "I just think that you have to work at it. Not give up on each other. It's a commitment. It's not all the honeymoon, it doesn't last forever, so you work at it. And hopefully you're good friends first, that might help!" When speaking about his wife on a recent episode of the T.D. Jakes Show, Denzel can't... stop complimenting his better half. "She has done the heavy lifting. She has been the consistent. She has given the daily religious instruction. She was the one taking them to school, while I was out providing." "I grew up in athletics, but my wife's family had a great education. My wife was a child prodigy. I married up! Her family had a love and a closeness that I didn't have. I came from a broken home and I said I have to have that." Washington and Pearson met on the set of the television film Wilma, and married in June 1983. The couple have four children together - 30-year-old son John David, 27-year-old daughter Katia and 13-year-old
twins Olivia and Malcolm. In 1995, they renewed their wedding vows in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating. Throughout the years, Pauletta has stood by her husbands side no matter what the rumors or the fact that scores of women were trying to get to her man. It's who she feels, believes and knows who she is to him that keeps the peace. He's a sex symbol. Everybody's around him. And when we're out, they push me over and run me over to get to him. That part is not so cute," Pauletta tells Ebony. Nonetheless, Pauletta does not allow other women or rumors to distract her from her marriage, but remains confident in her relationship with Denzel. "He has and knows he has that stability in me as his wife. That 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." Denzel and Pauletta share that it is their overcoming such trials that have made their relationship thrive. Denzel says, "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." Talking about their long-lasting marriage with Oprah Winfrey, Denzel said: People who say they knew (if their spouse was the one) right away are lying! It's a marathon, not a sprint." Talking about their long-lasting marriage with Oprah Winfrey, Denzel said: People who say they knew (if their spouse was the one) right away are lying! It's a marathon, not a sprint." He admits time apart with months spent away filming has probably helped their marriage rather than hinder it.