Tasha Smith has given hope to women of a particular age who believe they will never find love. The 48-year-old actress announced she is dating actor Michael K. Williams.
Smith posted an Instagram.com photo that shows her lounging by the pool in Atlanta with Williams, 52, on Memorial Day.
She captioned the image: "Verified Nothing makes me happier!!!!! The love Of my life @bkbmg ... this man gives me goose bumps!!!!!"
Her celebrity friends congratulated her, including singer Jill Scott who wrote, "Well alllll right!" and actress Meagan Good gave her support of the union, "Aww Tashie!! Two absolutely beautiful spirits.. Love y’all."
Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, who can't keep a man herself, commented, "Happy for you, Tashaaa!!!.. Can't wait to catch up!"
Williams, who has a son named Elijah, was never married. He is best known for his role as notorious Baltimore homosexual stick-up man Omar Little on HBO's The Wire.
Smith is best known for playing stereotypical loud, feisty, neck rolling Black women in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? (2007), its sequel Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010), and on the television series based on the movies, For Better or Worse (2011–2017).
She began her career in a starring role on the NBC comedy series Boston Common (1996–97), and she had a recurring role as Cookie Lyon's sister Carol Holloway on the now canceled Fox primetime soap opera series Empire.
Before settling down with Williams, Smith married her manager Keith Douglas in 2010 after one year of dating. The marriage lasted roughly 4 years before Smith was granted an annulment by a judge after she claimed Douglas cheated on her and was married five times with multiple children that he did not claim.
In an interview with ESSENCE in April, Smith said she was done dealing with losers and broke men.
"I'll tell you what I ain’t gonna marry - a broke brother. I'm not trying to clean nobody up – you gotta be cleaned already. Listen honey, I'm too old to be taking care of a grown man, you know?" she said.
"I'm just more interested in a person being on the same level, if not higher, than what I'm on. As I’ve gotten older, having a partner that is driven in that way is more than love. I'm open to marriage, but it's not on the forefront of what I need to have right now. I'm just dating openly, and I'm probably the perfect person to date because I'm not into putting any pressure on you or myself."