On Their 35th Anniversary, Denzel Tells Secret To His Happy Marriage & Surviving Cheating Claims

Posted On : July 25, 2018

Oscar winner, Denzel Washington, has been married to his Queen, Pauletta Washington, for 35 years. In speaking with People Magazine, the “Equalizer II” star opened up and shared the keys to his long lasting marriage.  


Denzel Washington Reveals The Secrets To A Happy Marriage:

For 35 years, Denzel Washington has been married to Pauletta Washington. They have four accomplished children: actor, John David, 33; actress, Katia, 30; and twins, Olivia and Malcolm, 27, who both work behind the scenes of Hollywood. On June 25th, the couple celebrated their wedding anniversary in a quiet, intimate evening, with just the two of them:

“We just chilled, had some dinner,” Denzel Washington said to PEOPLE. “It was kind of quiet.”

Candidly speaking to People, Denzel shared his infinite wisdom for the recipe of marital success:

“There’s too many things!” said Denzel Washington as he opened up about what he appreciates most about his better half. “What pops into my head: security, food, a beautiful home. The difference between a house and a home, it’s a big difference. You can buy a house, but that doesn’t make it a home – and not to say a man can’t make a home- a home…but my wife has made our house a home and raised these beautiful kids and protected them and sacrificed for them, she did the heavy-lifting.”


Denzel Revealed That His Wife, Pauletta, Runs The Household:

While Denzel Washington is experiencing success, currently dominating the box office with “The Equalizer 2,” which claimed the #1 spot over the weekend- Pauletta dominates their household. In other words, she’s the HWIC- the head Washington in charge. Denzel definitely follows the marital quote, “Happy Wife, Happy Life,” because the brotha admits that he listens to his wife. The acting legend summed that up with this short straight-to-the-point confession:

“I do what I’m told. I keep my mouth shut,” he joked to People magazine.

In addition to being beautiful and a great mother to their children, Pauletta knows her way around the kitchen. Denzel praised his wife for feeding his soul, as well as his body:

“She has a few [specialties]. I’ve been eating her curry chicken since I’ve known her,” he said. “I used to make it too, but not as good as hers.”

At one point, there were talks of separation, with rumors that the Oscar-winner had cheated on his wife. However, those rumors were quickly dismissed when the Washingtons set the record straight and flat out denied that their marriage was ever on the rocks.

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Despite Cheating Rumors, Denzel Let It Be Known That He Was Not Leaving Pauletta:

Like most marriages, Denzel and Pauletta are not perfect, they have had their share of ups and downs, just like us, regular folks. Back in 2013, rumors were circulating that Denzel was caught embracing and kissing some “mystery woman.” There were also rumors that Pauletta had reportedly moved to New York and was contemplating leaving Denzel. Despite the rumors, a rep for Denzel insisted that the actor and his wife were not planning on parting ways, telling the website, GossipCop, that the couple was “not divorcing, not separating.”  This wasn’t the first time that Denzel was accused of stepping out on Pauletta.  At one point, Denzel was rumored to have had an affair with “Out of Time” co-star, Sanaa Lathan, but those rumors were quickly shut down as well.

In an interview with Ebony magazine, the Washingtons opened up about their marriage, with the actor admitting that they are no different from any other couples:

“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,” said Pauletta.

Congrats to the happy couple, they are a great example of Black love!