Kadeem Hardison Quietly Dated A “Different World” Co-Star For Years & They’re Still Cool Today

Posted On : October 13, 2020
Kadeem Hardison as “Dwayne Wayne” on “A Different World”

All of these years have gone by and either we were living under a rock, or it just flew right over our heads that Kadeem Hardison a.k.a. “Dwayne-Wayne” from It’s A Different World and his popular co-star were in a VERY serious relationship for a while back then. In recent years, both of them have publicly confirmed this.

Who Was Kadeem Superstar Girlfriend?

It’s Cree Summer a.k.a. “Freddie!” Did you think it was going to be Jasmine Guy? If so, that’s understandable because her character, “Whitley Gilbert,” connected so well with her on-screen love “Dwayne-Wayne,” that she would have seemed like the obvious choice, but NOPE it’s the actress who played the flower child type college student on the show.

“It’s A Different World” actors and former couple, Cree Summer and Kadeem Hardison

None of us over here had a clue that just like that Billy Paul song, Cree and Kadeem had a thing going on and a serious thing at that- they were together for a year and based on all of the pics we found in our research, they were apparently joined at the hip during their year of dating bliss. We have shots of them out everywhere together in the public’s eye, so how did we miss this back in the day, is beyond me…LOL. Cree even posted this up on her Instagram page a little over a month ago…

Kadeem Hardison and Cree Summer

A few years ago, Hardison confirmed to Essence Magazine, that he and Cree dated:

Kadeem, was it awkward being Jasmine’s love interest even though you were dating Cree Summer during the show?
HARDISON: That wasn’t even my concern at the time. Dominic [Hoffman], Jasmine’s boyfriend at the time, did some spots on the show. It’s like you have your work wife and home wife. But your home wife also happens to work with you. As much as that could have been sticky, they were so in love with each, it was never an issue. Good God, if you thought me and Darryl were close, he and Jasmine were inseparable. They brought out the silliness in each other.

Recent photo of Cree Summers and Kadeem Hardison

Cree also had this to say when People asked her about Kadeem:

[Kadeem is a] “gentle, gentle man. Everyone who meets him falls in love with him.”

Kadeem’s Past With Ex/Mom Of His Child, Chante Moore

Of course Kadeem’s and Cree’s relationship was before Kadeem married “Chante’s Got A Man” singer, Chante Moore, of R&B Divas.

Kadeem Hardison with then wife/singer, Chante Moore

Kadeem and Chante’ are now divorced, but they’re still very close friends, and have a gorgeous 24 year old daughter named Sophia. Check her out HERE.

“A Different World” Friendships

Kadeem also said that he and Cree are still friends today and that there were also other types of on-screen relationships that were and still are very real in real-life. For example, just like on the show, Kadeem and Darryl Bell, who played his best friend/roommate, “Ron Johnson” on It’s A Different World are like best friends to this very day. Here’s what Kadeem said when asked which of his co-stars he still talks to:

“A Different World” cast; Darryl M. Bell pictured left of Kadeem Hardison

Darryl Bell… with him every day or every other day we talk. He and I have always, from the day we met, argued over our knowledge of sports. There aren’t too many days that go by when him and I don’t talk. Me and Cree, we still talk. I see Lisa every now and then. She lives close by, we’re still neighbors.

Cree is also best friends with one her former co-stars. She and Lisa Bonet are extremely close and Cree’s been quoted as stating that she and Lisa are “like sisters.”

Lisa Bonet with best friend, Cree Summer

And there you have it folks, we learn something new everyday around here.

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