American movie star Denzel Washington has entertained fans amid a “very rocky” marriage. Despite the pressures of fame, the actor and his wife have moved on, and here’s the secret to their marital bliss.
Denzel Washington, who turns 68 today, remains one of America’s finest actors who has managed to form an unparalleled legacy from the success of his career. The star’s on-set charms, coupled with her good looks, only added to her impressive acting talent.
As an actor, director, and producer, Washington stole the hearts of viewers with his biggest production yet. Some of his acting credits include movies like “The Equalizer,” “Training Day,” and TV series that have kept fans glued to their screens.
Denzel Washington attends ‘The Equalizer 3’ photocall on October 19, 2022 at Atrani, Amalfi, Italy. | Source: Getty Images
The star who described himself as this “minority among minorities” and “a working black actor” saw his career take off to an incredible height after starring in “Carbon Copy” in 1981.
Over the years, Washington’s hard work and commitment to the film industry has earned him various accolades. It’s no secret that his appeal strikes a chord with many female fans, but the star has proven he’s unimpressed with the attention he’s been getting.
Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta attend the 75th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003 in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
However, while Washington has a career that has made him a demanding man, the actor has maintained a beautiful marriage. The actor, now 67, is married to Pauletta Pearson, and their relationship has only grown stronger over time.
How Washington met the love of his life
Washington and Pearson met in 1977, on the set of the movie “Wilma,” and the co-stars began dating soon after.
Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington attend the Golden Globe Awards sponsored by Lindt Chocolate on January 6, 2019 | Source: Getty Images
Since joining Pearson, the “American Gangster” actor has had nothing but praise for the woman of his life. Pearson, 71, is also a renowned actor in Hollywood.
She’s made notable appearances in films including “Philadelphia” and the Oscar-nominated “She’s Gotta Have It.” All are well aware of the couple’s love for each other as they have stopped at nothing to show off their marriage bliss after several decades.
Actor Denzel Washington speaks onstage during the 2016 Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 8, 2016 | Source: Getty Images
But while many are aware of the beautiful bond that Pearson and Washington share, it may come as a surprise that it took a lot of effort before the A-list star convinced Pearson to walk down the aisle.
Washington’s Three Proposals
In a 2013 interview, the two lovebirds shared jokes about Washington’s many proposals and how Pearson said “no” more than once. Washington had offered twice and only got the answer he wanted on his third attempt.
The couple finally married on June 25, 1983. Since saying “I do,” Pearson and Washington have grown their family with four children. Their son John David is an actor, and his younger siblings, Katia and twins Olivia and Malcolm, have all followed their parents’ career paths.
However, while they seem to have a perfect marriage, Washington once said that every relationship has its “ups and downs.” Sometimes sacrifices had to be made, and Pearson took such important steps in her marriage to the movie star.
While starting a family with Washington, Pearson had to give up her Broadway career to focus on being a mother and a wife. But she didn’t regret doing it, and speaking of her marriage, Pearson once noted:
“It takes a lot of sacrifice on both sides.”
Denzel Washington and Pauletta Washington at the premiere of “Safe House” in 2012 | Source: Getty Images
She further explained that considering what is most important in life matters a lot. According to the actress, being famous is good; however, “fame may not last”, but family life continues.
The “Man On Fire” actor also shared several tips for having one of Hollywood’s longest-lasting marriages in a series of interviews. And it turned out to be about not giving up on each other.
He said he could have had luxury cars like Porsches and houses all over the coast. He also admitted that he could have chased women like his friends, but he chose not to so he could be with his wife.
Denzel and Pauletta Washington at the 89th Annual Academy Awards in 2017 | Source: Getty Images
Washington has made it clear that the partners’ commitment to their relationship is most important and that being “good friends” could help. He also praised his longtime sweetheart with a loving compliment:
“She did the heavy lifting. She was the most consistent. She gave the daily religious instruction. She was the one who took them to school, while I was away.”
Her husband and children appreciate Pearson’s support and impact on her home. And as the actress returned to the screen, her son John David raved about his mother’s ability to balance work and family.
Malcolm Washington, Katia Washington, Pauletta Washington and winner Denzel Washington attend the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring the actor on June 06, 2019 | Source: Getty Images
On the opening night of the Billie Holiday Theater production of ‘Autumn’, David revealed how “proud” he was that his mother was able to return to acting after sacrificing so much to raise her children.
However, he did not fail to acknowledge the fact that she encourages him to “be the best and achieve more”. “Autumn” is a political drama that focuses on gentrification, class and race wars. It also deals with family issues and the ties that unite them.
Passions that could consume Washington
The “Déjà Vu” actor made no secret that his better half Pearson played a major role in the success of their marriage. But he also said that it was sometimes “very hard”.
Washington, who came from a broken home, treasured his time with his better half and didn’t shy away from maintaining a happy home when given the chance. The actor also made sure to choose his wife despite all the pressure from other women.
During a 2010 interview, Washington revealed that having a marriage like hers takes hard work. However, he also mentioned a good spiritual basis to develop a good bond and peace is essential.
Washington credits his wife with creating a home
Washington never misses an opportunity to complement Pearson’s personality. For example, he once joked that he always does “what I’m told” before praising Pearson for his essential skills in running the house.
According to Washington, there is a difference between a house and a home. As the star said in an interview, his wife made their home a home with her sacrifices and the way she raised their children. He also did not fail to recognize her incredible culinary talents.
He said that apart from being a wonderful cook and sacrificing a lot for housework, she is also an excellent mother who made their home comfortable.
The actor once shared that he and his wife don’t subscribe to archaic ways of thinking. Instead, their dynamic is the exact opposite. He shared:
“You know, they say behind every great man, there’s a great woman. Well, my wife is in front of me. I follow her.”
His wife once tried to hire a chef for the family and Washington let her know that he would not eat food that was not prepared by his wife because he liked her cooking.
Although he acknowledges he is lucky to be in such a long and happy marriage, he said all credit should go to his wife rather than himself.
Talking about what made him stay by a woman’s side for so long, he said it was the simple fact that she also stayed by his side throughout their lives. He also shared:
“I had a good wife. That’s the result, that’s the truth.”
When asked what he’s done to keep his marriage healthy and happy over the years, Washington said you have to be okay with your partner and offer help when he needs it.
Apart from that, the couple acknowledged that marriage takes a lot of work and they have done the job throughout their 39 years of marriage.