Kerry Washington, 44, has been married to former NFL player and actor Nnamdi Asomugha since 2013.
Some celebrities like to talk about their personal lives and make it part of their appeal, while some prefer to be tight-lipped. They want to protect what is most intimate and shield their children from the scrutiny of the paparazzi. It's not easy to successfully manage that when over-eager photographers can be lurking behind bushes. However, a few celebrities have managed to keep a very tight control over the image they show to the public. And, that doesn't mean they are unhappy in their personal lives. They simply want to keep it to themselves.
Actress Kerry Washington, 44, is a private person, who makes sure to keep her relationships and personal life under wraps. Until 2018, everyone knew that Washington is a mother of two biological kids, Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha, born in 2014, and Caleb Kelechi Asomugha, born in 2016, according to Refinery29. However, she once said that she has three kids, and nobody knows who the third child is. That is how much she likes to protect her family.
Washington is married to producer, actor, and former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, 39, who has a daughter from a previous relationship, according to People. The couple met in 2010 and married in 2013, and the world didn't find out about it until two weeks after their wedding. According to NY Daily News, their first encounter was on Broadway. The former NFL player had gone to see her perform in the play Race. She reportedly told him that she doesn't date athletes and he told her, he doesn't date actresses, but they fell in love anyway.
Their love story could have been splashed across magazines, but the couple decided to keep it quiet. "I have girlfriends in this business who talk about their personal lives, and it works for them, and I love it. But not for me. I learned through experience that it doesn't work for me to talk about my personal life," the Little Fires Everywhere actress told Glamour in 2013. "I've had earlier times in my career when I did talk about it. I was on the cover of a bridal magazine ... But I couldn't just turn around and say, 'I only want to talk about the good stuff, but not the bad stuff.' So I just thought, 'Okay, no more.'"
The Scandal actress wasn't always so protective over her personal life but since her public break-up with actor David Moscow, she picked this route. While she's talked about her struggles with eating disorders, she rarely opens up about her family. She spoke about how she used to binge and then exercise for hours. "I used food as a way to cope. It was my best friend," she told Essence in 2007. "There was a lot of guilt and a lot of shame," she added.
About her relationship with her husband, a friend told People, "They’re the same person. They have the same values, and are very close to their families." Another friend spoke about how the Django Unchained actress has "her values straight." When she was pregnant for the first time, her friend, Joe Reinstein said, "This is going to be one lucky kid."
And, her children are indeed lucky, because she makes sure to spend time with them. "I love being with my family. My days off look like homework, reading, and watching stuff," she told Marie Claire. "Just hanging out, doing things we love to do," said the mom in 2018.
She also added how being a mom has taught her new things. "The children I got sent came in perfect, and I have to figure out how to grow and evolve so that I can support the truth of them. I’m in a constant state of learning and challenging myself to make room for their perfection and beauty," she said.
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