Tamera Mowry Discusses Backlash For Her Interracial Marriage To Adam Housley
Biracial actress Tamera Mowry recently opened up about the harsh reactions and comments she’s faced for marrying her white husband, Fox News correspondent Adam Housley.
Tamara Mowry Reveals Criticism For Her Interracial Marriage
"I get called ‘white man's whore,'" Mowry said through tears on Oprah: Where Are They Now?. "The new one was ‘back in the day you cost $300, but now you're giving it to him for free.'"
"It's hurtful, because my husband and I are so openly and fine with showing love, but people choose to look past love and spew hate," Mowry explained. "That's what hurts me because I've never experienced so much hate ever in my life."
Mowry On Her Black Mother, White Father
Mowry and her twin sister Tia Mowry were born and raised by their African American mother and white father. To them, race was never as issue, including when it came to finding love.
"I couldn't even fathom or think of these words, because I'm a product of it," Mowry said, as her sister by her side nodded. "My mom is a beautiful black woman and my dad is an amazing white man, and I grew up seeing a family. I didn't grow up saying, ‘Oh, that's a white man.'"
Mowry went on to reveal that her marriage is often pitted against that of her sister, with people saying that Tia – who married black actor Cory Hardrict – is a better black woman than her. “Tia’s a true black woman because she married a black man,” Mowry said, echoing those who disapprove of her own marriage. “Oh, so I’m lesser of a black person because I married white?”
"I love my husband so much," Mowry added. "I love our family. I love our dynamic. I'm proud to be in the relationship I am because it's based on love. Pure love."
Adam Housley Calls Out Bigots
In the aftermath of his wife’s interview, Housley also addressed the hate they’ve had to deal with in this modern age. For Housley, the close-mindedness is nearly unfathomable.
“The fact that in this day and age, we get attacked for our interracial relationship is beyond sad…it is pathetic,” Housley told TVNewser. “Yes I am white. Yes she is half black. Marrying a white man does not erase her color and marrying a woman who is half black does not mean I am blinded. The problem isn’t pigmentation…the problem is backwards, bigoted thought from people who should know better.”
Mowry wedded Housley in May 2011 after six years of dating. They welcomed their son Aiden Nov. 12, 2012.
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