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Morris Chestnut is the heartthrob we will never ever get enough of but sadly, he's a taken man. In 1995, the actor married the love of his life Pam Byse and ever since, the two have kept their private life as exactly that. “I have been with my wife for a number of years now and the number one thing that keeps us strong is a mutual respect; that is first and foremost,” Chestnut told ESSENCE in 2014 of his rock solid relationship.
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Actor Denzel Washington has been a happily married man since 1984. The Academy Award winner met his wife Pauletta on the set of his first TV film, Wilma. The Washington's are parents of 4 including Ballers star John David Washington. In 2014, the actor spilled on a Reddit AMA that his secret to marriage has nothing to do with Hollywood's bright lights. "I just think that you have to work at it. Not give up on each other. It's a commitment. It's not all the honeymoon, it doesn't last forever, so you work at it. And hopefully you're good friends first, that might help!"
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The city of Brotherly Love brought actor and activist Jesse Williams and his wife Aryn Drake-Lee together. The Grey's Anatomy heartthrob and his real estate broker Mrs. tied the knot in 2012 and are mom and dad to a daughter, Sadie, and a son, Matteo.
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The NBA's reigning champ LeBron James met his Mrs. way back in high school and the two have been the perfect pair ever since. Tying the knot in 2013 and are parents are three children--two sons LeBron Jr and Bryce and daughter Zhuri Nova.
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Singer Fantasia married her husband, Kendall Taylor, in a secret ceremony in 2015 but knew after three weeks that he was the man she wanted. “Everything changed when I met him,” she told Billboard. “I just knew [he was the one]. I was getting ready to go on the road, and he got on his knees and said, ‘Can I pray for you? I just want to cover for you down the road.’ In the time I’d been fasting from relationships, I asked God for someone to pray for me — someone that could cover me and my kids [Dallas, 4, and Zion, 14] and be the man of the house. That’s when I knew.”
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Niecy Nash didn't let the end of her first marriage stop her from finding love. The Emmy-nominated star married her husband Jay Tucker in 2011 and he just so happens to be an electrical engineer! In 2015, the actress told HuffPostLive that the key to keeping her marriage alive is dating. "Get together with someone who is like-minded. When you want the same things it's so much easier to navigate things because you're going in the same direction," she said. "Who I am is a lover, is a wife. I'm still my husband's girlfriend, and we still date. You have to do the thing that works for you [like] making a lot of love and drinking expensive champagne!"
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Tatyana Ali grew up before audiences eyes and found a man who wasn't under the bright lights of Hollywood. The actress and her husband Dr. Vaughn Rasberry met on eHarmony in her first online dating attempt. After announing their proposal in April and tying the knot in July, the newlyweds welcomed a son, Edward Aszard in September. 2016 was a very good year for these love birds!
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Comedienne Wanda Sykes tied the knot with her wife Alex in 2008 and the two have been living in martial bliss ever since. Sykes met the sales VP and knew instantly she was the one. "We met on Fire Island, N.Y. It was just fate, to be honest with you," she revealed in 2015. "I spotted her on the ferry ride to the island. I just looked at her and said to myself, 'Interesting. I like this!' It wasn’t until the next day that I was with one of my friends and she was with one of her friends, and they introduced us. We just kind of automatically connected."
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The only lady to really, honestly and truly love LL Cool J since 1995 is his wife Simone. The two met through a friend when the rapper turned actor/host extraordinaire was just a young MC at the age of 19. Parents to 1 son and 3 daughters, these two have been inseparable ever since saying "I Do!"
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Ice Cube may be straight outta Compton but he's all full of love. The bad boy rapper has been with his wife, Kim Jackson for 23 years after the two met in high school and admits that she still makes his heart skip a beat. “I still get the butterflies when I see her. It’s a true partnership. Irespect my wife and she respects me,” he said. “I like to hang out with my wife, talk about things, get some coffee, you know?”
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Rapper Snoop Dogg has a boss lady on his arm and it's his wife, Shante Broadus. The Long Beach MC married his high school sweetheart and together the two have three children.
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