While the world is becoming a more accepting place every day, there are still those who hold some resentment when it comes to interracial couples. Stars like Serena Williams and Omari Hardwick have been blasted by fans and haters alike for marrying outside of their own race, but that hasn’t stopped them from living their best life with the one they love.
Check out these couples who prove love is more than skin deep.
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The POWER actor married the former publicist in 2012, and while the public hasn’t always been kind to the Hardwick’s, Omari confidently defends his woman on a regular basis while Jae dismisses much of the hate that comes their way.
Say what you want about the Kardashian-West household, it’s clear these two are perfect for each other. From their mutual obsession with fashion to their shared desire for a huge family, it seems Kanye truly found his equal in the mommy-mogul.
The hilarious couple tied the knot in 2016, just one year before Peele’s massively successful film, Get Out, hit theaters. As the film centered on a Black man’s meeting with his White girlfriend’s family going horribly, horribly wrong, the couple have taken quips about their own romance in stride, with Peele jokingly saying the film was loosely based on is experience with Peretti’s kinfolk.
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo married the music producer in 2007, four years after their chance meeting in a grocery store. The couple share three children, Stella Luna Pompeo Ivery, 8, Sienna May Pompeo Ivery, 4, and Eli Christopher Pompeo Ivery, 1.
Socialite & philanthropist Hightower has been married to the iconic actor for 21 years, sharing two children with the Raging Bull star. De Nero also has children with ex-wife, Diahanne Abbot & model, Toukie Smith, both of whom are also African-American.
The George Lucas Family Foundation is giving a $10 million endowment to #USC for students of color in the film school. The grant is aimed at recruiting students from underrepresented communities — particularly black and Latino ones — and represents the single largest donation for student support in the school’s history, according to USC News. 📷: #GeorgeLucas and #MellodyHobson by Splash News/Corbis.
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Another Hollywood heavyweight, George Lucas, also found love in an amazing Black woman, marrying finance & investment guru Mellody Hobson in 2013.
While Serena may have sprung her relationship with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on fans unexpectedly last year, the tennis champ has been as happy as ever since, getting married and giving birth to daughter, Alexis Jr., while still at the top of her game.
Legend married the Norwegian & Thai beauty in a stunning Italian ceremony back in 2013. Baby girl, Luna, would soon follow, with Teigen currently pregnant with their second bundle of joy!
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The Real talk show host Tamera Mowry has been open and honest about the criticism she’s received over her interracial relationship with husband, Adam Housley, but shared with PEOPLE that she was raised not to see color, saying, “I was raised to see character. When my mom found out that I was dating a white man, she said, ‘Listen, I went through a lot and I want to make sure you love this man, because it’s not easy. You’ll face scrutiny. So make sure that you guys are in this together and make sure you understand what you will face.’”
Great Britain’s Prince Harry is head-over-heels for African-American actress Meghan Markle, so much so that he’s refused to have the former Suits star sign a prenuptial agreement. The couple are soon to be wed in a royal ceremony May 19 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, Berkshire.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.