Denzel Washington: ‘It helps our marriage that we’re apart a lot’

Does distance really make the heart grow fonder? Actor Denzel Washington certainly thinks so. Washington, who has been married to his wife Pauletta for 39 years, says long hours on movie sets may have helped his marriage.

“People who say they knew [their spouse was the right one when they met] are lying! It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said Washington, explaining why his marriage has endured.

“Hollywood gets a bad rap,” said the 57-year-old Oscar winner. “It’s just a place with some footprints in cement. I don’t live there, I live in Los Angeles. But it’s probably helped our marriage that we’re apart a lot.”

Denzel and Pauletta, 62, have 4 children together, UFL football player John David, daughter Katia, 34, and twins Olivia and Malcolm, 21. The Washingtons share a 28,000 square foot 8 bedroom 14 bath mansion in Beverly Hills, CA.


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    • Ididntreallymeanit

      Didn’t know they were married that long

    • Ididntreallymeanit

      First yeah I said it, so what……

    • WUT’S A YAKISOBA?

      OH DANG!!! My Denzel done fell off the good-looking wagon! :blink: He is looking…. ooooold on that pic!

    • TPtotalpackage

      Congrats to them….That’s all I’ve got. :coffee:

    • DoNotDeleteMe

      Awesome! They are the next Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis!

    • Xena68

      abstinence makes the heart grow fonder

    • NaijaGal

      :love: them

      *no gimmicks, no fillers, no preservatives, all natural*

    • Gigi26

      Whoa her face looks rough but if Denzel loves it then that’s all that matters…

      Its good to see a lasting marriage in Hollyweird and not being up all under each other works..I know i’m like that. You come around too much, I start to get tired of you.

    • http://twitter.com/_Tainted_Love Tainted_Love

      Aww…!!! A little time apart always helps. I disagree with him saying ppl are lying about knowing at first. My grandparents were together 50+ before my grandmom passed and he said he was sure he was going to marry her when he first saw her face

    • FTP_L@kEz*.*

      Denzel looks his age.. Why do older men like to wear these jogin sweat pants WATEVA JUU CALL THEM!

    • Xena68

      Who has time to argue over stupid stuff when you’ve been apart for some time so when you get together you are just focused on missing and enjoying each other I can always tell when me and my husband have been around each other too long because we start stupid arguments :lol:

    • Sweet-tea

      PAULETTA LOOKS A HAM…SORRY!

    • http://www.twitter.com/cocoabana Cocoabana

      Gigi, I thunk it you said it. :coffee:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBrmhl70e38 Unpredictable

      :love:

    • prynsexxx

      I can believe him. I’m away from my BF….ALOT.

      #giftandacurse

    • WUT’S A YAKISOBA?

      NaijaGal says:

      them

      *no gimmicks, no fillers, no preservatives, all natural*
      ———————-
      Me too :yes:

    • pointhimout

      allow a minute to contradict myself (previous posts). Women should go into a marriage with an opened mind, meaning, he’s going to cheat. women make the mistake of allowing themselves to get caught up in ‘OMG, that mf cheated on me’ and decide to end it. The marriage is the two of you together building your home and life together. If that man wanna go and get some trim on the side, cuz he will eventually, prepare for it. The wife should just take care of home.

      You spend all those years building it, why on earth would you walk away from it all cuz of he went out and got satisfaction elsewhere along the way from another harlet? You should thank that woman, in all honesty. She’s keeping your marriage together. and that’s what Denzel means if you read ‘tween the lines.

    • scorpio

      I’m pretty sure it helps some what, not to be under each other all the time. But I’d bet he’s had a side piece or two, after 39 years, no way he hasn’t. And she has to know it.

    • RoseBud83

      Its true what Denzel said..BUT every couple is different. and he has been cheating on her for that whole 39 years…even got sanaa lathan pregnant once. He don’t want his wife up under him all the time because then he can’t cheat like he wants to.

      Keep it real Denzel.

    • yallcrazy

      PHO

      We are too strong to go for alot of bullshatt though :shrug:

      Everybody has a line.

    • nicolejordan81

      Sandy-

      They have been married for TWENTY-NINE (29) years–NOT thirty-nine (39)!!! Are you being messy :thinking: OR did you make an honest mistake???? :oops:

      SN: LOVES that man!!!!

    • yallcrazy

      FTP_L@kEz*.* says:

      Denzel looks his age.. Why do older men like to wear these jogin sweat pants WATEVA JUU CALL THEM!

      So they don’t have to deal with zippers and buttons :ashamed:

    • RoseBud83

      pointhimout, if he cheating on her 24/7..they have no marriage. Thats just an arrangement.

    • Smonae80

      Pauletta needs to moisturize

    • Xena68

      RoseBud83 says: even got sanaa lathan pregnant once. :huh: when where

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBrmhl70e38 Unpredictable

      RoseBud83 says:

      Its true what Denzel said..BUT every couple is different. and he has been cheating on her for that whole 39 years…even got sanaa lathan pregnant once. He don’t want his wife up under him all the time because then he can’t cheat like he wants to.

      Keep it real Denzel.
      _____________

      :blink: He got Sanaa Lathan pregnant??????????????? :blink:

    • scorpio

      @
      RoseBud83 says:

      pointhimout, if he cheating on her 24/7..they have no marriage. Thats just an arrangement
      ———————————————————————–

      I agree, he’s smarter than that.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBrmhl70e38 Unpredictable

      @Xena, we are >>>>>>>>>>HERE<<<<<<<<<<<<<

    • yallcrazy

      :nite: & :newpost:

    • BrownSuggaBabe

      Paulette :tape:

    • Angiegirl

      How do you kn……Im just gonna keep it to myself…..

      Goodnight Roses, thorns, and wilted petals :yahoo: Im out this bish!!!!

    • Angiegirl

      And please do urself a favor this evening and google pics of Pauletta, she is a beautiful black woman.

      But typical auntie finds the most downtrodden picture of her that she can, ohhhh the shade Aunite :coffee:

    • lovezoe

      i agree with him. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

    • http://chokolatemilk.blogspot.com Choco aka Hippie

      RoseBud83 says:

      Its true what Denzel said..BUT every couple is different. and he has been cheating on her for that whole 39 years…even got sanaa lathan pregnant once. He don’t want his wife up under him all the time because then he can’t cheat like he wants to.

      Keep it real Denzel.
      ______________________
      That is my thought also and didn’t know he knocked up Sanaa Lathan

    • Ty

      Xena68 says:

      RoseBud83 says: even got sanaa lathan pregnant once. when where
      ___________
      Yeah I heard Sanaa almost broke up that happy home. Thats all I got :coffee:

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Tainted_Love says:

      I disagree with him saying ppl are lying about knowing at first.
      _______________

      Denzel is right. Love doesn’t begin to grow until the dopamine fades. Anybody can say it was love at first sight, but the fact is there is no such thing as love at first sight. Love does not happen in an instant, it takes a lifetime. That’s why most of your relationships and marriages fail.

    • MSVALLDAY

      She does look much better when she is on the red carpet. This pic right her :no:

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      pointhimout says:

      The marriage is the two of you together building your home and life together. If that man wanna go and get some trim on the side, cuz he will eventually, prepare for it. The wife should just take care of home.
      _______________

      Exactly. A marriage is an agreement between two people to love and cherish and take care of each other for a lifetime. That kind of responsibility doesn’t happen in an instant. It takes hard work, maturity, responsibility and dedication to stay married for 50 years.

    • Dymond

      People kill me saying that we should just accept men are going to cheat…
      men make the mistake of getting in serious relationships (usually so she won’t f*ck somebody else) before they are ready for it and still want to soar their quaker oats

      why have a gf or a wife and you know you ain’t gonna do right? Just be freaking single!!!!

    • Dymond

      :bye: Yallcrazee

    • Lucy

      pointhimout says:

      allow a minute to contradict myself (previous posts). Women should go into a marriage with an opened mind, meaning, he’s going to cheat. women make the mistake of allowing themselves to get caught up in ‘OMG, that mf cheated on me’ and decide to end it. The marriage is the two of you together building your home and life together. If that man wanna go and get some trim on the side, cuz he will eventually, prepare for it. The wife should just take care of home.
      _________________________________________________
      I would like to meet the first man that excepted his wife cheating even one time and continue to build the marriage. When men can be as mature as they expect women to be then this BS statement can fly.

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      Dymond says:

      why have a gf or a wife and you know you ain’t gonna do right? Just be freaking single!!!!
      __________________

      Men have to fight against Nature and their natural urges on a daily basis. We all have a purpose on earth. Man’s earthly purpose is to spawn future generations. This cannot be done effectively if one man only has sex with one women his entire life. Do the math.

    • http://sandrarose.com Sandra Rose

      @ Lucy: please try and remember that “cheating” is a man made word. Nature has no such word in her language.

    • msmello30

      Wow! this sounds right! based on my relationship! Can I change my profile pic? I want to upload a pic of me. How do I change it?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPgpRw9tiuM bnatural

      Morning yall!

      Sandra, Denzel is 57 NOT 62! And why couldn’t we get a more recent picture of Denzel? like the one from the GQ spread? :coffee:

    • free

      damn, they almost as old as my mama and daddy.

    • free

      pointhimout says: allow a minute to contradict myself (previous posts). Women should go into a marriage with an opened mind, meaning, he’s going to cheat. women make the mistake of allowing themselves to get caught up in ‘OMG, that mf cheated on me’ and decide to end it. The marriage is the two of you together building your home and life together. If that man wanna go and get some trim on the side, cuz he will eventually, prepare for it. The wife should just take care of home.

      You spend all those years building it, why on earth would you walk away from it all cuz of he went out and got satisfaction elsewhere along the way from another harlet? You should thank that woman, in all honesty. She’s keeping your marriage together. and that’s what Denzel means if you read ‘tween the lines.

      ***********************

      i half agree with what you’re saying. all men don’t cheat. all women aren’t faithful. HOWEVER, you have to decide, IF it happens, if your marriage is more important than the unfaithfulness. i’ve seen my friends struggle with this–they stay but they don’t forgive and forget so it eats at them. they have good days and bad days.

      in the old days, the marriage and family structure was more important than the bullshyt so couples stayed together. my grandpa should have divorced my grandma due to her abusive ways but he hung in there til death. when he died, she refused to eat until she died. she put that man through hell but it started when she caught him cheating red-handed.

    • http://www.twitter.com/callmemiich PrytiBrownIs

      theyve been married 29 years and John David is 24 years old

    • http://www.twitter.com/callmemiich PrytiBrownIs

      actually…….. married on June 25, 1983 John David born July 28,1984