While some are happy for actress Tamera Mowry-Housley’s union with her white husband, others have aggressively offered their views about interracial relationships.
The criticism came after photos of her were posted on the web.
“It’s something I wanted to share with Adam, our fam and friends, and years down the line with our kids. There’s something, I think, special about that. I wanted them to see something more than just us in our wedding attire. I didn’t feel like we shouldn’t have put them out–I was just shocked that some people still feel that way. It’s 2011! They did a poll recently and 83% of Americans are OK with interracial relationships. I never expected that kind of negative response to us. That’s why I was OK with our wedding photographer (Jose Villa) putting those pics on his website. He was OK with them, and I was OK with them.”
Through the hate mail, ignorant tweets and irate messages, she says it didn’t change a thing.
“It didn’t ruin anything for me. If anything, it just shed light on the fact people feel that way…and that’s their opinion. The fact of the matter is–if you have 99.9% who see it with positivity, and you’re gonna have that .1% who don’t.”
And about her husband, she says he handled it well.
“He said, ‘That’s not our issue. That’s their issue. So they can deal with that.’ From now on, I’m just focusing on the people who love us and support us.”
But that wasn’t the only tough thing she had to handle. Before getting married, her then boyfriend was adamant about remaining celibate throughout their courtship.
“I’ll be very very honest. (Laughs embarrassingly) We decided, it was both of our decision, not to live together for religious reasons. I’m being very honest. We actually didn’t wait until we got married to be intimate … but we did wait three years. (The two have been together for six years). I wanted to do what felt right for me … It’s something that just felt right for me. It was just a personal choice. And even after being intimate, we decided as a couple to be celibate until the wedding.”