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BLACK LOVE: Holly Robinson Peete Reveals How She And Rodney Have Lasted 17 YEARS!

 

Wait...there's still hope for the Hollywood marriages!  Holly Robinson Peete opened up to Essence.com for a revealing Q-n-A about marriage and lasting love with her husband, former NFLer Rodney Peete.  Find out how they keep the love alive inside.....

Holly Robinson Peete and her husband Rodney have been married for 17 years (and that's two lifetimes in Hollywood) and she opened up to Essence.com about their marriage and what's kept it going for so long.

ESSENCE.COM: How long have you and Rodney been married? It feels like forever. What’s that like?
HOLLY ROBINSON-PEETE
: Yes, we’ve been married for almost seventeen years. It’s very happy. We’ve had our ups, our downs; we’ve had lots of things happen in our life we didn’t expect. We had these great twins and this great love story and then autism came and kicked us in the gut. Rodney retired from football, which was another transition. Some players retired to the golf course, but he retired right to the carpool lane – and proud of it.

 

ESSENCE.COM: How do you two do it? Make it work, that is.
HOLLY:
One of the biggest things is that we’re really fortunate because Rodney and I are really good partners. When one is up and the other one is not, we support each other.

I think that as a couple, our priorities are different than some of the other celebrities in town. Are our kids happy? Do we have a house to live in? How’s our charity going? Those are the things we look at to gage success. We have a very different gauge of success, I believe. There was a little dry spell for me when I wasn’t on TV, but I was like, you know what, I’m raising this money for autism and we are embracing this mission and speaking on behalf of thousands and thousands of families that don’t have a voice. That feels successful to me. Some people get excited when they meet a big star. For me, meeting the philanthropic stars, like Marian Wright Edelman, are the ones that get me excited.

ESSENCE.COM: What do you admire most about Rodney?
HOLLY:
His pride in being a father. It’s a very sexy trait. When the twins were born and he would sleep with them and cuddle with them it was so special. Just watching him with his kids and discovering a new love. It really used to get me so teary-eyed. Now it’s watching him in the backyard with his son or watching him give my daughter some advice that she doesn’t want. Just him investing himself as a dad and taking pride in that makes me admire him as a man.

Now, I don’t want to make the picture look too rosy because we fight, we have our stuff. We have ups and downs and we have issues on all levels just like all families do, and all couples do. The reality is that I find the more you focus on what is really positive about your relationship the better. I remind myself to compliment him.

Every now and then I send him a random text like, “You look cute today” or “I love you." When you’ve been married this long it can be hard, but you work at it. When you get mad there are so many little things you can say, but every now and then I send that sweet little text to show that I appreciate him and I’m thinking about him. The beauty is in the little details. It’s the little things in that you do in relationships. For my kids, I’ll leave these corny little notes – sometimes drawings – in their lunchboxes. I’ll write I love you, or draw a picture or something. They love it.

 

Read the rest of the informative Q-n-A over at Essence.com

 

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Black Love! Yay!
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I just hope they DONT do a

I just hope they DONT do a reality show. Keep personal relationships private, dont let the media demons in. Some of these crazy post on here alone, make my point valid. Best wishes!!!
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this is wonderful and i hope

this is wonderful and i hope to hear more stories like this from famous black people in the future, ongoing. married couples need support and community to help them through real stuff. although halle and rodney are not the most sought after celebs, they do their thing. :)
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Anonymous's picture

Wonderful. I wish them all

Wonderful. I wish them all the best. Beautiful couple.
cin amon's picture

Black love is fabulous!!

Black love is fabulous!! Congrats, on there marriage, I wish them 17 more years!
DKPEACH's picture

That's nice but my parents

That's nice but my parents have been married for 37 years. So I will look up to them instead! Good or the Pete's though!
Bebe's picture

Nice article Thanks YBF! For

Nice article Thanks YBF! For posting a positive and inspiring story.Gives me hope that real love can exist if you work hard for it.
Sheisabeauty's picture

I've always been a Holly

I've always been a Holly Robinson fan. Period. She's great at her job and she keeps it real. God bless her and her family. Much love to them.
Tagirl27's picture

I am a H.R.P. Fan as well,

I am a H.R.P. Fan as well, but I am a bit shocked that in her interview she had not one mention of God being the head of her marriage and the reason for making it work.
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I am a H.R.P. Fan as well,

I am a H.R.P. Fan as well, but I am a bit shocked that in her interview she had not one mention of God being the head of her marriage and the reason for making it work.
SB from OC's picture

First of all, I know for a

First of all, I know for a fact that while at UCS Rodney Peete had more than one HOMOSEXUAL AFFAIR! There marriage reminds me of No Doubt's Gwene Stefoni and her husband Gavin, who had a 5 yrs GAY relationship with transgender rocker Marilyn in England, but now he's "straight"! She must allow him to have his BROKE BACK MOUNTAIN moments!! As for Holly, I watched as she sat many times and judged black ppl along with her white femiNAZI co-stars and that ugly asian chick! After watching her participate and actully lead the discussion against one young black in particular and for that, I HATE HER GUST! I hope her hsband brings back a disease from one of his BROKE BACK MOUNTAIN vactions!
Anonymous's picture

Angry much??? Geez, did you

Angry much??? Geez, did you have a homosexual relationship w/ him and he left you for Holly? Your wishing ppl bad will only come back to you. It's the way the universe works, hun. Check yourself please. Hate is so passé!
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I think what might have also

I think what might have also helped their marriage last is staying out of the hollywood scene....I don't blame them!
Anonymous's picture

Loved this interview. Very

Loved this interview. Very timely when Hollywood is experiencing a whirlwind of break-ups and divorces. Sidenote: It's AMAZING how a positive story such as this gets very little feedback on YBF, yet crass behavior and "foolywang material" attracts all the attention!
LNP's picture

he's unsexy

he's unsexy
Anonymous's picture

Why would it matter if he is

Why would it matter if he is unsexy to you? He is married to her. Stupid comment indeed!
Linda's picture

It truly is the little

It truly is the little things. I am a hUGE fan of those. It's nice when their voice just makes your day...or a text or something small and sweet!
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DENZEL & PAULETTA, RUBY DEE & OSSIE DAVIS, BILL & CAMILLE, LATANYA RICHARDSON & SAMUEL L. JACKSON... THERE'S PLENTY OUT THERE... LET'S JUST PRAY THEY CONTINUE! IT IS IN DEED INSPIRING!
Anonymous's picture

I remembered when he proposed

I remembered when he proposed to her on hanging with Mr. Cooper...aww black love
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Her dad was not that Gordon,

Her dad was not that Gordon, he was the original Gordon in the sixties on Sesame Street.
Lex's picture

I love and admire her qoutes

I love and admire her qoutes because I want this. When I get married I want it to be forever.. Despite all the madness in the world I do believe in love but its hard work. Just need us men and women to step up to the plate and act mature about love, life, and being successful in all aspect of it.
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They already said that it was

They already said that it was a rumor, so I'm still #TeamWillandJada all day!
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Nice to see a straight up

Nice to see a straight up positive story celebrating black love
Bubbles's picture

Most marital problems are as

Most marital problems are as a result of finances or should I say the lack thereof. They don't have that problem so that is a major hurdle that they have crossed. Whereas regular folks like us are struggling financially and that alone evokes a myriad of other problems. But good for them for lasting so long.
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Its a modern day miracle how

Its a modern day miracle how she keeps herself in the news (one sitcom 30yrs ago)
Anonymous's picture

Um, Holly has had like 5 or 6

Um, Holly has had like 5 or 6 shows. 21 Jump Street got her in the game but she's had some nice shows since then and guess starred on many shows over the years. That's funny.
Tagirl27's picture

Don't forget she was on

Don't forget she was on Hanging with Mr Cooper in the early to late 90s.
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Thanks Mabel :-)

Thanks Mabel :-)
Anonymous's picture

Beautiful couple.

Beautiful couple.
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Please call Will and Jada.

Please call Will and Jada. Matter of fact...start holding seminars at your house! Bless them!
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It's appears that it is hard

It's appears that it is hard for our black folks to accept a story like this because they can't relate. If the story is not about butts, sex, clothes, or violence-they just can't relate. Thanks for good story and a role model for as much as we can see. And thanks for being the daughter of The Producer and Creator (I believe) of Sesame Street. Keep doing what you do because others will live their life and talk stuff behind a computer.
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I'm confused because I

I'm confused because I haven't read a negative response yet! Where is the hate that you refer to in your comment?
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Say what? Not today! *hand

Say what? Not today! *hand over my mouth*
Anonymoustoo's picture

Her dad was Gordon (the bald

Her dad was Gordon (the bald black guy) from Sesame Street...I loved his character...ahhh the memories...lol
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good for them!

good for them!
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