Forest Whitaker Calls It Quits And Files For Divorce From Wife Of 22 Years
Many were shocked when news surfaced that actor Forest Whitaker was filing for a divorce from his wife of 22 years, Keisha Nash Whitaker. In Hollywood, often times, marriages end up in divorce. However, Forest and Keisha seemed to be an example of one of the great ones. Nash Whitaker is an actor too and they met in 1994 on a movie set. According to Black Doctor, Forest met Keisha as they were both co-starring in the movie, Blown Away. The two played each other’s love interest in the movie and they fell in love in real life. The couple married in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1996 after 2 years of dating. While she was blown away by him when they met, Nash Whitaker noticed Forest when he starred in the movie, Rage In Harlem.
“I had seen him in ‘A Rage in Harlem,’ Keisha told Essence of her husband. “Right away, I thought Forest had a gentle soul and a nice spirit.”
So what happened to this couple that appeared to be the model for black love?
A great example of black love, Nash Whitaker shared with Essence that her marriage with Whitaker was successful because they made time for one another. Keisha and Forest were often seen out and about with their two beautiful daughters: Sonnet and True. Forest Whitaker’s son, Ocean, and Keisha’s daughter, Autumn, are from their previous relationships. So in love with Forest, Nash Whitaker praised her husband for being very honest, sensitive and romantic. She was swept off her feet with his charms and not his material possessions.
Forest Whitaker’s Tweet Contradicts His Actions
On Christmas Day, Forest Whitaker, Black Panther star, tweeted a message of happiness that didn’t give any indication that any marital troubles were stirring. So it was a surprise to many of his fans when it was announced that he was leaving his wife.
Christmas is a celebration of solidarity – a time of the year when we are reminded that the bonds our families, friends, fellow citizens and beyond are based on sharing and bringing joy. #MerryChirstmas to you all! 🎁
— Forest Whitaker (@ForestWhitaker) December 25, 2018
While Their Marriage Wasn’t Easy, They Made Time For One Another:
Forest Whitaker is definitely an actor that stays on the move. Despite his busy schedule, Forest made time for his model wife, Keisha. In speaking with Essence, Keisha talked about the importance of making marriage a priority. “Having a husband as busy as Forest Whitaker can be challenging, said Keisha. Maybe well just stay in town and maybe go to a hotel, order room service, watch movies and have like a date night, the model shared with Essence. Always together, there were no talks of the couple having problems.
Keisha Nash Whitaker Praised Forest For Being Her Rock
In an Interview with She Knows, Keisha opened up and revealed one of the secrets of their success in her long-lasting marriage. Along with respect and good food she disclaimed, Keisha spoke highly of Forest and praised him for his constant support.
“Anything that I’m doing that Forest’s able to be there and come and support me, he absolutely does. What makes a good partnership or marriage is when you support one another. I certainly love and respect what Forest does. It’s hard. He works really hard to take care of our family. I think it’s important to show my appreciation by being there for him and supporting him. More than that, I get to hang out with my friend. That’s pretty cool and vice versa.”
It Appears That Forest Whitaker Wants Out Of His Marriage:
According to TMZ, Whitaker filed documents on Thursday in Los Angeles, though they say it’s unclear if he’s filing for divorce or just a legal separation right now, and the cause for their split is currently undetermined. Reps for Whitaker were not immediately available to comment on the breakup Thursday. Additionally, according to TMZ,Whitaker is also asking the court to terminate any spousal support for Nash, which often happens when there’s an overriding property agreement in place. He also asked that each be responsible for their own legal fees.
This is heartbreaking as the Oscar-winning actor appeared to support his wife as much as she supported him. We’ll share more updates to this story as they are revealed.