Denzel & Pauletta Washington Made It to 39 Years — He Credits Her with Doing ‘The Heavy Lifting’ in Marriage

For almost forty years, celebrity couple Denzel and Pauletta Washington have made the perfect onscreen love in telenovelas their reality. Although they are believed to be soulmates from heaven, their story so far has not been without infidelity rumors.

67-year-old Denzel Washington has enjoyed a successful career spanned for decades, and he has made his mark, a legacy impossible to surpass, in the movie industry.

But apart from being an applaudable actor, producer, and director, he is a loving husband and father. The actor’s marriage has lasted for almost forty years, similar to a billion Hollywood years!

Pauletta Washington and Denzel Washington at the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

This love story between Denzel and Pauletta began many years ago after they spotted each other on two occasions. The first was in 1977; they had both been selected for roles in a film.

Fresh out of college, Denzel appeared confident; he had been cast for the lead role. But, despite being in the same film, they did not talk to each other.

Six months later, an opportunity arose for them to become acquaintances. They had attended a party separately; Pauletta’s friend from Broadway invited them.

Pauletta Washington and Denzel Washington at The 59th New York Film Festival Opening Night – The Tragedy Of Macbeth at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on September 24, 2021 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

While partying, they realized they were like minds and shared much in common. Pauletta was mesmerized by Denzel’s interest in her viewpoint, while the latter could not keep his eyes off the attractive young woman, as she displayed an engaging personality.

That same day, their never-ending relationship and bond were set in motion. As if the heavens signed off on their love, the duo met again, this time in a theatre. They had planned to see a play in a Manhattan theatre independently.

Throughout the play, they sat next to each other, unknowingly. In the end, Pauletta and Denzel realized they had been so close all the time, watching the same play in the same theater!

Pauletta Washington at Arts in the Armed Forces 11th Annual Broadway Event for the staged reading of A Raisin in the Sun at American Airlines Theatre on November 11, 2019 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images

This was too much of a coincidence, and many years later, Pauletta still believed they were destined to meet. She said, “our whole introduction to each other felt like the heavens set it up.”

After their accidental theater meeting, Pauletta invited the actor to a cast party hosted by her friends. This was when their relationship deepened.

Denzel felt relaxed enough to confess to his date that he did not have enough money for the cab much later, even though he asked that they ride in one to the venue.

Pauletta Washington speaks onstage at “Between the World and Me” Atlanta premiere at Atlanta Symphony Hall on October 22, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Source: Getty Images

Eventually, Pauletta settled the cab fare but found her new friend intriguing. Soon, their love blossomed into a romance, and a few years later, they tied the knot in a unique location; Newton, South Carolina, Pauletta’s hometown.

What appears like a straightforward romance tale was complicated. During a 2013 interview, the couple revealed how many attempts it took to walk down the aisle after more than two decades of marriage.

The actor’s wife boldly joked that it took three attempts before she finally said yes. Although she never shared the reasons behind her refusals, when they finally wed on June 25, 1983, it was something they both wanted, and their marriage has since been treasured.

Pauletta Washington at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

They went on to have four kids, all of whom they adored and made intentional decisions to raise well. To the world, Denzel was a superstar, but at home, he remained a doting dad, ever ready to listen and support his kids.

According to the couple, their ability to raise their kids was due to their backgrounds and religious beliefs.

Pauletta Washington and Denzel Washington at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Denzel Washington at Dolby Theatre on June 06, 2019 in Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images

Pauletta grew up in a loving family, where people showed sincere support, and Denzel never strayed from his faith.

Pauletta’s Sacrifices for Her Family
Like Denzel, Pauletta had a passion for acting but never pursued it. In fact, she watched how someone else took the role she originated.

Somehow, their spiritual faith, love for family, understanding, and romance have been enough to keep the fire burning for about thirty-nine years.

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