How long have you been together with your partner? Do you have any other tips for how to make a relationship last?
There are few Hollywood romances that have lasted for decades, and Pauletta Pearson and Denzel Washington’s union is one of them.
The couple will be celebrating their thirty-ninth wedding anniversary this year, and they’ve been in a relationship for 45 years. Although Denzel had a rough childhood, this also prompted him to become a better father and husband.
We at Bright Side truly appreciate when 2 people commit to each other, and that’s why we’d like to share the love story of Pauletta and Denzel Washington with you.
1. They often tease each other about their first date.
Like many other actors who started dating, Pauletta and Denzel met on set. They both had roles in the TV movie, Wilma, in 1977, when they were at the start of their careers.
Later, they were introduced to each other at a party. Denzel jokingly revealed that at that party, he talked about seeing a play, and when he went to see the play, he ran into Pauletta again.
They went on their first date where Pauletta had to pay for the cab because Denzel had run out of money. And their relationship has lasted ever since.
2. Pauletta turned down Denzel’s proposal…twice.
Although the couple has been happily married for almost 4 decades, Denzel had to propose 3 times for Pauletta to finally say, “Yes!”
Years later, in an interview with Access Hollywood, even Denzel Washington was confused as to why the first 2 attempts had failed. “Because I said no,” was his now wife’s straightforward answer.
When Pauletta was eventually ready to tie the knot, the 2 Hollywood stars got married in 1983. Their wedding reception held a few surprises as well,
as the newlyweds were so busy entertaining their guests that they ran out of food by the time they sat down to eat. To appease their hunger, they went to get an early breakfast at a local diner.