Denzel Washington and Paulette Pearson have been together for 40 years. Despite divorce rumours and cheating allegations in the past, the two continue to go strong, celebrating 35 years of marriage this year.
35 years of marriage
Denzel has been hailed as being one of those rare breeds of Hollywood stars that have had a remarkably steady family and marital life. He married actress Pauletta Pearson on the 25th of June, 1983. It was the first marriage for both of them. He had met her when they were filming the television film Wilma back in 1977. It had been his first screen job.
This devout Christian couple has four grown-up children in John David, Katia and the fraternal twins Olivia and Malcolm. The couple renewed their marriage vows and rededicated themselves to each other in 1995 in South Africa with Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiating the ceremony.
In 2003, Denzel Washington’s fans and the public in general, were shocked when rumours first started surfacing about his alleged affair with his beautiful co-star Sanaa Lathan during the shooting of the film Out of Time. Sanaa Lathan is an actress who has acted in some of the top hit movies of Hollywood and has also given voice to many animated characters in films. Though both of them denied it, people were saddened to hear that their icon and a supposedly upright family man, a married man of 30 years had gone the way of other Hollywood stars.
In July 2013 more allegation about Denzel’s infidelities made the rounds. This time he was said to be cosying up to some blonde and there were even rumours that damning pictures were being shopped around. Paulette was said to be considering filing for divorce, but Denzel strongly denied all divorce stories and stood by his marriage and wife.
Not giving up easily
Despite past rumours, Denzel and Paulette are still married and still going strong. This year they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary, admitting that there was not much of a secret to share about their long-lasting love. It was just a matter of putting in the work.
Denzel said on the topic: “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].”
A number of years ago Paulette said: “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 stability in me as his wife. That’s what gives him strength, regardless if he misuses it. I can’t dwell on that. But I do know that gives him a great platform to go and fly.”
Her words indicate that he may not always have been faithful, though the two are connected by much more than “passion and lust” (the easy part as Paulette calls it) but love – the kind you keep after going through hardship together.
It seems, that kind of love is worth much more than cheating allegations, regardless of the truth behind them, which remains with Denzel and Paulette. At this stage, we’d be very surprised if the two were to divorce at some point in the future. But we may yet here more cheating allegations and divorce rumours.