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Taye Diggs Divorces His Wife of 10 Years: Was It Due to Racial Pressure?

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Taye Diggs from the film, “Best Man Holiday,” has called it quits with his wife.  Taye and Idina Menzel have reportedly ended their 10 year marriage, according to People.com.

Being responsible parents, Taye and his wife are making sure that their son is OK during this difficult time in their lives.

“Their primary focus and concern is for their son. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time,” the couple’s reps said in a statement.

Taye and his ex-wife, both 42 years of age, met while co-starring in the Broadway musical, “Rent” back in the 1990s.   They were married in 2003 and had their son walker in 2009.

Taye was born in Brooklyn and raised in Rochester, New York. He got the name Taye from the nickname “Scottaye” that people used to refer to him when he was a child.

Diggs has received a lot of criticism from the black female community for seeming to have a greater interest in white women than black ones.  Then, a false story circulated throughout the web claiming that Diggs despised women of color.  The story became so viral that Diggs himself took the time to address it.

The spoof site Cream BMP falsely claimed that Diggs had serious issues being around black women while shooting “Best Man Holiday.”  They quoted him as saying the following:

“Let’s just say it’s not a stereotype that Black women are less submissive and harder to deal with.  Being around them Black women made me really miss my wife.” He also reportedly said: “The only Black woman I ever loved is my mama.”

Taye denied the allegations on twitter.

“Regarding the preposterous quote about Black women: It is false. I have not and would never say such a thing. Ever. Period,” he said.

Taye’s wife admitted that their marriage was difficult, but that they work through their problems like every other couple.

“We work at it. I’m not going to glamorize it or glorify it – we go through tough times like everybody else. But we love each other very much. We try not to be away from each other for more than two weeks at a time, and we try to find new ways to communicate.”

It’s strange and sad that Taye’s divorce to his wife came right after the rumors surfaced, which leads us to the question:  Did constant pressure from the African American community play a part in his decision to divorce his wife?  Not that any decent human being would buckle to such a thing, but being a black male sex symbol with a caucasian wife can’t be easy.

Writing for Alternet.org, Heather Wood discusses the struggles of being in an interracial relationship.

“Still, we experience little daily reminders of just how far we have yet to go to reach complete acceptance in this country — a raised eyebrow here, a snarky comment there, just enough to remind us that we’re still discriminated against,” she said.

Also, writing for the site iDateDaily.com, Ree “The Ree-lationship Guide” cites a study which shows that most interracial couples avoid getting married, largely because of the huge social stigma that comes with marrying someone of a different race.   The article says that interracial marriage can stir up disapproval in families, not to mention the struggles of dealing with perfect strangers in public.

How do you feel when you are in a restaurant or see a black man with a white woman?  Or do you have a friend who says that they would never date another black person?  Should we care?