Denzel Washington is sitting in some pretty hot water right now. The 58-year-old actor is rumored to have been caught cheating on his wife of 30 years, 62-year-old Pauletta Pearson. Several pictures of Washington hugging and making out with a younger woman at a party have supposedly surfaced, and this new evidence of his affair is being shopped around to interested buyers. Washington’s people have been working diligently trying to shoot down the rumors, insisting that their marriage is fine and there is no looming divorce or separation.
Washington and Pearson have one of the longest running marriages in Hollywood, but it might be because his wife knows a thing or two about how to handle a man that lands himself in the middle of a cheating scandal all too often. Back in 2003, Washington was accused of having an affair with his younger Out of Time co-star Sanaa Lathan—she’s 17 years younger than him. Both Washington and Lathan denied that they had any sort of off-screen relationship, but Washington still hasn’t been able to shake the reputation of being a cheater.
We still don’t know for sure if these new affair rumors are true, or if these pictures even really exist. Washington and Pearson were able to come out of the first scandal stronger than ever, so we can only hope this blows over the same way. In a recent magazine interview, Pearson shed some light on how they’ve been able to make it work over the years, despite the hurdles. “I live with this man. I see the down part. I see the sad part. I see every part. He has and knows he has that stability in me as his wife,” said Pearson. “That gives him strength, regardless of if he misuses it. I can’t dwell on that. But I do know that gives him a great platform to go and fly.”
What do you think: Is Denzel Washington innocent, or is he just really good at cleaning up the mess?
“Denzel Washington’s wife: Why we work,” Miami Herald web site; http://goo.gl/WOV6A, last accessed July 11, 2013.
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