You will not find too many things that don’t give a care in the world as love. It doesn’t care who you are, where you are from, or what you have; when it comes, it comes. That is what we have seen in the lives of many famous interracial couples who have not just loved but stood the test of time, opposition, and sometimes open racism. There are many, others, however, who probably have not faced any of such things, but their love has shown to be strong despite the difference in their skin color.
Famous Interracial Couples
1. Tina Turner and Erwin Bach
Following the first love story of Tina Turner, one would have sworn the celebrated singer, dancer, and actress had no luck with love after all she went through with Ike Turner who abused her both physically and emotionally. However, on her second shot, the African-American singer found love in the arms of Erwin Bach whom she met in 1985.
Without giving a second thought to the 16 years age difference between them, Tina and Erwin Bach began dating in 1986 and after being together for 27 years, the couple got married in 2013. Only 3 weeks after the marriage, Tina suffered a stroke that went on with some other health challenges including Kidney failure. Although she considered assisted suicide, Bach would come to the rescue by donating a kidney to her in 2017.
Even though the couple has no children between them, Tina has two from her previous relationships and they also have two adopted children.
2. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
There is also the most recent of all famous interracial couples, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle whose love story is one that no matter how many times it is told, will always be interesting.
Prince Harry and Markle are, to some, one couple that should not be because Markle who happens to be an American actress, is of mixed race. But more than that, there is also the thing about her being a divorcee. If that is still not enough, there are those who believe that the couple should not be together because of the age difference between them. But despite all the odds, Meghan became the oldest royal bride in the history of the British royal family, getting married at 36 to Prince Harry who was 33 at the time. Theirs was a very interesting Royal Wedding.
With all that, the couple remained strong and have dated from 2016, got engaged in 2017, and walked down the aisle as man and wife in 2018.
3. Vanessa and Kobe Bryant
It was in 1999 that Kobe Bryant met Vanessa in a recording studio where he was trying to record a hip-hop album that never saw the light of the day. Vanessa, on the other hand, was there as a backup dancer for Tha Eastsidaz’s “G’d Up” music video.
Although she was still in senior high school, the two announced their engagement in 2000. Interestingly, what Kobe’s parents wanted, the rumor had it, was for him to find an African-American girl to marry. However, in 2001, he got married to the Latina beauty in a ceremony that was not graced by his family.
With the birth of his daughter in 2003, the feud with his family ended, but he was accused in that same year of raping a hotel worker. Despite admitting he had consensual sex with the woman involved, his wife still stood by him and they renewed their vows in 2005.
In 2011, Vanessa Bryant, citing irreconcilable difference, filed for a divorce from her husband, but by 2013, the divorce was called off and since then, they seem to be even closer.
4. Alfre Woodard and Roderick Spencer
Hollywood does not tell a story of marriages that last, but there are few couples including Alfre Woodard and Roderick Spencer that tell a completely different story. The couple got married in 1983 and many years down the line, they are still counting their years together as a couple.
Their love story began the moment they first sighted each other and after dating for a couple of years, they found themselves on a polo field exchanging vows. According to some sources, the marriage was not fully supported by members of both their families,
While they may not share a race, they share love and political activism among many other things. Although the couple did not have any children, they share two adopted children, Mavis and Duncan.
5. Dr. Dre and Nicole Threatt Young
When it comes to hip-hop, you may never find a producer as good as Dr. Dre. But one other thing that is good about him is his family life. When the producer met Nicole Threatt in the 1990s she was still married to former basketball player, Sedale Threatt. However, she later got a divorce from him and moved on with Dre (Andre Romelle Young) whom she married in 1996.
Before their marriage, Dr. Dre did not have a good history with women. Not only did he date and have children from four other women, he was also accused of violence against women. However, since he met his wife, a lot has changed about him and he apologized to all the women he has hurt saying he was never going to resemble the man he was again. Dre and Nicole have two children together to add to the four he had from other women.
6. Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo
Not only are Chris Ivery and Ellen Pompeo among the most famous interracial couples, they are also among the most beautiful. The American actress and her African American music producer husband met in 2003 and in no time, they fell for each other, although it was six months later that they began dating.
Ellen revealed that just knowing that they both grew up minutes away from which other was enough to make her believe they were meant to be. After 4 years of dating, the couple got married in 2007 in a private event that did not have a single guest present.
The couple has not only remained together since then, but their family has also had three beautiful additions; Stella Luna who was born in 2009, Siena born in 2014, and Eli Christopher who was born in 2016.
7. Wesley Snipes and Nikki Park
Wesley Snipes and Nikki Park joined the league of famous interracial couples we love so long ago that some would even believe they have been together all their lives. On the contrary, before meeting his South Korean wife, the African American actor and martial artist were once married to April Dubois. The marriage between the two lasted from 1985 to 1990 when it ended in a divorce.
After the marriage ended, Snipes went on to date a number of other women including Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez, and Donna Wong before he finally met painter, Nikki Park with whom he fell in love. Wesley and Nikki dated until 2003 when they finally got married. Their marriage has been blessed with four children.
8. Chris Noth and Tara Wilson
And then, there is Chris Noth and Tara Wilson who did not just cross the boundary of race but also crossed the boundary of the massive age difference that stands between them with Tara being 28 years younger than her husband.
The Sex and the City actor met his wife far back in 2002 when she was only 20 and was working at his bar, The Cutting Room. The two began dating then and welcomed their son, Orion in 2008. A year later, they announced their engagement but it wasn’t until 2012 that they finally got married in Maui. The exchange of vows was witnessed by only 10 people while their son served as the ringbearer.
9. John Legend and Christine Teigen
Of all famous Interracial couples, John Legend and Christine Teigen’s chemistry might just be the best. They first met in 2007 when she appeared as the girl of his interest on the video of “Stereo”. What pulled her to him almost instantly was the fact that he was ironing his own clothes himself. On the other hand, he was not instantly attracted to the beautiful model, but a couple of years down the line, he saw her as someone he should spend the rest of his life with. This is even as they had started dating shortly after they met.
In 2011, the couple got engaged and in 2013, they got married in Italy. In 2016, they had their first child together, Luna who was followed by Miles in 2018.
10. Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower
Among the famous interracial couples that many have come to love are Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower. Although it has been reported that the two have split, their union lasted a good long time before it met its end.
In 1987, Robert De Niro met a waitress, Grace Hightower who was working at a London restaurant. They would go on to date for a decade before finally getting married in 1997. Only two years later, the American actor filed for a divorce from his wife, but they worked things together and five years later, they renewed their vows.
Although their union has been blessed with two children, Elliot and Helen Grace, the actor confirmed towards the end of 2018 the split from his wife which was rumored before then.