Djimon Hounsou Isn’t A Big Fan Of Marriage

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djimon hounsouBy Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Academy Award nominated actor Djimon Hounsou has strong feelings about marriage, according to a recent interview he gave for HipHollywood, and they aren’t in favor of the institution.

The actor said marriage can ruin love.

“The idea of marrying somebody can actually ruin the union,” he said. “Some people are happily together for decades and they get this fantasy idea to go and get married when it’s just about papers basically…eventually it just goes sour.”

Eurweb.com speculated the actor could have been speaking indirectly about his relationship to Kimora Lee Simmons.

“The couple began dating in 2007 and after just a year the two participated in a traditional commitment ceremony in Djimon’s native country Benin,” Eurweb reported.

Simmons, the former wife of producer Russell Simmons, recently wed an investment banker named Tim Leissner. Simmons has often defended his ex-wife from public gossip and rumors linking her to various other men. After divorcing from Simmons and separating from Hounsou, she was romantically linked to others including the rapper Birdman before marrying Leissner.

Hounsou and Simmons had a son together, named Kenzo, in 2009.

Hounsou’s performance in the 1997 Steven Spielberg movie “Amistad” made him famous. He followed up with award worthy performances in “In America” and “Blood Diamond.” In the 1980s he broke in as a model after being discovered in France. In 2007 he agreed to model again for a Calvin Klein ad campaign.

Simmons who is also a model told People Magazine in 2008 that she found Hounsou to be very engaging and trustworthy from the start. Hounsou said at that time that Simmons was “the least high-maintenance lady I’ve ever dated.”


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com