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Taye Diggs JOKINGLY REVEALS His Mom Said "I Always Knew You Were Gonna Marry A White Girl!"

Star of ABC's "Private Practice" Taye Diggs stopped by "Sway In The Morning" to discuss his new book Chocolate Me and also to offer up some funny stories about his interracial marriage.  Deets inside...

 

Taye Diggs stopped by Sway's morning show to promote his new children's book Chocolate Me, about a young boy who feels "different" because he is black. 

During the wide-ranging interview, Taye talked about growing up in a white-neighborhood and marrying fellow actress Idina Menzel, who is Jewish.    

He candidly joked about meeting Idina's father, saying he got to know him once he took the hood off! Then he revealed that when his mom met Idina, Mama Digga told Taye, "I always knew you would marry a white woman!"

He went on to explain that love has no color and he and his family (they have a 2 year old son named Walker) are happy.

 

Watch Part 1 about his new book Chocolate Me here:

 

Watch Part 2 about his wife Idina Menzel (at the 2:00 mark) here:

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I honestly never ever liked

I honestly never ever liked Taye Diggs and never saw what other women saw in him. When I first saw him in How Stella Got her Groove back . I was never impressed w/ his looks or acting abilities. He has always seemed to be a self- hater and really phony. Some people like him hate the skin they are in. So it makes them feel better to be w/ a white woman and it does'nt hurt to marry a jewish woman as well. Perhaps marrying a jewish girl would help his career since they run hollywood. NOT! I guess it backfired because he is certainly not in line to take Denzel W. spot. In fact he has a lack luster career these days. He had the nerve to say that because he is dark skinned that this is why he get passed over on roles. HELLO! DENZEL,IDRIS, WESLEY, EDDIE, JAMIE, DON Cheetle and the list goes on you Sammy Davis Jr. turtle face LOSER. It's not about your complextion it's about your genuiness an acting abilities. What you are really saying is: I really hate the way I look and need white womman to make me feel better about myself. Like the old spice guy Isaiah Mustafa just stated on E News that he wants to marry someone w/ good hair so my children will have good hair. WHAT AN IDIOT! Even if that's how you felt. Why say it? The Taye Diggs and Isaish Mustafa of the world is why more black women are having to look outside our race. I am not against interacial marriages but do it for love not to feel better about yourself. One more thing to Taye Diggs stop parading that baby around. I guess you feel like Mustsfa and are proud that the baby is mixed . Well it looks like you Turtle faced and all!
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Anonymous's picture

it's not just a black man

it's not just a black man marrying outside his race - it's when they "exclusively" date outside their race. who is field negro diggs promoting his book to. sure it isn't white america. these black men go out and get with white women but when they need support or get into trouble e.g. kobe they want support from the african american community. it's a disrespect to the black women who nurtured them - mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts. they let society brain wash them that white is better or prettier. people don't quote the year - we all know it's 2011 and that's what's so stupid - i can understand people in the 30's and 40's doing what they had to do because of racism, but today people are still ashamed of their race. today more than ever african amercan men and women should be embracing their heritage and culture. but they prefer to date other women who go to extremes to get features like african american women - butt implants, lip injections and tanning. people learn your history and be proud that we are a people who have struggled and still survive! we are innovators and not duplicators.
Anonymous's picture

Now you all know you don't

Now you all know you don't give a blank about Taye Diggs. Sure he looks nice... but he was dippin on Idina early in the marriage.
Cindy 's picture

Typical...noone has beef when

Typical...noone has beef when YET ANOTHER Black man with some status marries a white girl yet when it's a black woman EVERYONE has major probs with it...just read next few articles (one page up) on here about Tamera Mowry...so many haters about her husband its weird... Why do black men expect black women to wait for them when we CLEARLY are NOT THEIR FIRST CHOICE...THE END oh and btw ive NEVER dated outside my race and am a Black woman thankyou.
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DO WE REALLY CARE AT THIS

DO WE REALLY CARE AT THIS POINT...HECK NO! ENJOY HER TO YOUR EYES FALL OUT. LMBO
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what a loser, marrying a

what a loser, marrying a person outside ur race is nothing to be proud of! shame on you
Anonymous's picture

Saying something stupid is

Saying something stupid is nothing to be proud of!
Anonymous's picture

REALLY???? It blows my mind

REALLY???? It blows my mind that there are people like you out there....ALL IS ONE!!! We are all the same - love is not based on color - but I guess for you it is....your comment makes me so sad.
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I agree with you completely.

I agree with you completely. People that are hating on others for dating outside of thier race is nothing but insecurity. WHO CARES what race, sex, religion you fall in love with, LOVE IS LOVE !
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Isn't this one of the things

Isn't this one of the things that civil rights is about? To be able to live where you want, learn where you want and love who you want. C'mon, it's 2011!
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I love Taye Diggs and he is

I love Taye Diggs and he is very handsome. He is being truthful and I love that he produced a book for children.
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Anonymous's picture

I stopped supporting him when

I stopped supporting him when he became extra after people questioned why all of his leading ladies were white for the most part from movies and TV (especially TV). I could really care less who he chooses to date or marry. Be happy but don't assume every black woman is somehow pissed about it.
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He can't help where his

He can't help where his parents sent him to school. The article describes how he went to all white schools. Those are the people that he relates to. Can you understand that?
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@Bopa. Thank you!! Not all

@Bopa. Thank you!! Not all black women care when a black man dates outside his race. Love is love. The media portrays all black women as being salty when they see a black man with a white women. Do you! It's all good, cause I'm keeping ALL my options open. Black men are so why not black women? More that your open to different types of men the higher the probability of finding love. #Realtalk
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Totally agree I'm keeping my

Totally agree I'm keeping my options open too! I'm open to any race as long as your sexy!!!
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Taye taye is crazay!! When

Taye taye is crazay!! When ur mom says I knew u would always marry a white girl, what she is saying is that she could see your insecurities even as a young boy.
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A book about a boy growing up

A book about a boy growing up Black? LMAO what! anyway I guess that is telling about someone like him..... Anyway, who is bringing up race to kids? LMAO making them think it's something wrong with being Black. Wow. that's deep.
Anonymous44's picture

Didnt you read, he grew up in

Didnt you read, he grew up in a White neighborhood. So the book is probably for kids in that environment. You notice that you dont look like all the other kids even if no one tells you. I remember when I was in majority White schools before I knew how great it was to be Black I wanted the white cabbage patch dolls because in my 5 year old subconscience it was better. I get where he is coming from. It doesnt bother me that he is married to a white woman because I have never found him attractive, but they love him to death. Get in where you fit it.
Anonymous's picture

I have always been a fan of

I have always been a fan of Mr. Diggs and you can tell that even joking this all kind of bothered him. I covered a piece recently on my blog that focused on this but at the end of the day I believe his relationship is the manifestation of you can't help who you fall in love with celebrity gossip sites
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I have always been a fan of

I have always been a fan of Mr. Diggs and you can tell that even joking this all kind of bothered him. I covered a piece recently on my blog that focused on this but at the end of the day I believe his relationship is the manifestation of you can't help who you fall in love with celebrity gossip sites
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This is my third time reading

This is my third time reading his interview where he talked about his personal life this way. He comes off as he's trying to show off, I'm married to Idina Menzel and I have a Jewish child. Enough of the announcement, we all know. Nothing new about interracial relationship anymore esp here in California. Trust me, Black women are not as bitter or angry about it as it's portrayed. It's just ignorant when some black men are so insecure and they feel the need to prove something. Cut it out!!!
anonymous's picture

I can't wait till we're all

I can't wait till we're all the same skin tone.........then what are ya'll gonna bitch about?
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Good luck to him with his new

Good luck to him with his new book.
Anonymous's picture

I was almost ok with Diggs

I was almost ok with Diggs and his marriage (only because its hurtful to hear black men like him speak of black women in only negative ways, I heard one describe us as the bottom of the totem pole) until he was on DC radio complaining about white actors being selected and pushed by the industry vs. black actors who have to fight for every role (in his "generation" it was Matt Damon & Ben Affleck, before them it was Leonardo DiCaprio). His comments about racial favoritism in his industry made him seem like a big hypocrite. You want "us" to support you but you shun black women... Sorry, I can't support a man who thinks we couldn't be partners. Granted there are many black women who need to get it together, but that's true of every race. MANY of us love & respct ourselves, honor black men & recognize their value. Until many of you get it and stops thinking that this is a joke, you're on your own- I refuse to waste time energy or money on you.
Anonymous's picture

I am confused as to what your

I am confused as to what your point has to do with a career choice? Soledad Obrien, who is mixed race and married to a white man, is a huge supporter and promoter of black culture. One thing has nothing to do with the other. Robert Deniro has a black wife and has preferred black women. And if anyone should not hate it should be black people! So I am not sure why people hate on anyone who marries outside of their race. Life is short and if someone is willing to love you and you love them then do what makes both of you happy.
Mr. Nice's picture

No not every black man who

No not every black man who dates outside his race has a color complex but clearly Taye Diggs does. And have you seen his wife....beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.
Anonymous's picture

No not every black man who

No not every black man who dates outside his race has a color complex but clearly Taye Diggs does. And have you seen his wife....beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.
Anonymous's picture

It never fails. Does telling

It never fails. Does telling yourself that a person who marries outside of their race has self-hatred issues the only way some of you people can mentally reconcile yourself with the fact that it's happening with increasing frequency? You're showing your ass and it looks pitifully insecure not to mention a little bitter. What's appalling is many of the readers of the site are young. These comments belong to women brought up in a generation 50 something yrs ago...Says a lot about your mothers and the women of your family who raised you.
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@ tera..pass the collection plate cuz u just spoke TRUTH about these kids.
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His mother knew he was going

His mother knew he was going to marry a white woman after one visit to YBF and so the no options. Shoot i would marry a white girl too considering what most of yall have to offer.......... nothing!
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Are you stating that your

Are you stating that your mother and grandmother had nothing to offer and that is why you want to be with a white girl. Some how your argument is sooo dumb for someone whose parents taught they raised you to be an intelligent black man.
Anonymous's picture

Are you stating that your

Are you stating that your mother and grandmother had nothing to offer and that is why you want to be with a white girl. Some how your argument is sooo dumb for someone who parents taught they raised you to be an intelligent black man.
Anonymous's picture

His mother and I are

His mother and I are definitely on the same page...he has that 'I only deal with white people' look/swagger to him. LOL
Anonymous's picture

Does he feel the public

Does he feel the public really needs to know this? it's not necessary, and I'm sure he has a lot more to talk about and bring attention to! Plus, interracials marriages are already the subject of way too many headlines compared to their occurrence in the community. Statistics say it's less than 10%!!..1 in 10 can't hog the headline in this manner.. By the way here's a link to a recent study by Dr. Ivory Toldson which demystifies things and confirms that black marriage is doing very well, and is actually on the rise.. I want to hear more stories about this! http://www.afro.com/sections/news/afro_briefs/story.htm?storyid=72370
jtmb's picture

Diggs....what is this all

Diggs....what is this all about? Does you career need some attention? Out of all the things to talk about you find this to bring up? Let me first state that I could care less if a black man marries a woman of another color. Being a beautiful black woman myself and being very secure in my race....I would never feel a need to state anything in this area. It only makes you look very silly minded and very insecure in your race. Marrying a white woman was your thing more power to you! but if you were that proud on your statement on a site where their are sistas....then where is the photo of the wife???
bey's picture

I have 2 lightskin sons , but

I have 2 lightskin sons , but i hate it if people asume that ooh they must be mixed?.I 'M proud too be a black woman & have children with a black men, i take pride in having a black family!!.I understand is love beyond race but, don't be blind of your own community, don't forget who you are as a black male / or female in the progress.If we all look out side our race for something better, when will we be better amongst ourself, if we our self don't like what we see in each other then we are lost!!.At the end of the day love who you love . but don't make it seem it s better on the other side, you're only so lucky too have found love beyond your own race.I love taye diggs as a actor , but i hope he still loves his black community & supports them to the fullest.
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does anyone's mama ever say,

does anyone's mama ever say, "i knew you would marry a black woman!" and if so does the man announce that during interviews? not that he should be ashamed but he just sounds so proud of it like THAT is what defines him.
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what a DICK!!!
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