Second half of the Mowry twins, newlywed Tamera, chatted with YBF recently to give insight into nuptial-isms, “revirginfication” and reflects on the interracial union backlash as well. After wedding longtime beau, Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, in May, the Tia & Tamera co-star speaks openly about her experiences and the prospect of motherhood.
The new Mrs. Mowry-Housley stands by her admission on reality show “Tia & Tamera,” that the couple decided not cohabitate prior to getting hitched. “I’ll be very very honest. We decided, it was both of our decision, not to live together for religious reasons. I’m being very honest. We actually didn’t wait before we got married to be intimate…but we did wait 3 years. [the two have been an item for a total of 6 years]. I wanted to do what felt right for me. I became re-virginized. It’s something that just felt right for me. It was just a personal choice. And even after being intimate, we decided as a couple to be celibate until the wedding.”
While lamenting over the stress brought on by the wedding, Tamera admits it was self-inflicted, and that – fortunately for her – none of it stemmed from familial beef towards her then hubby-to-be.
“My family loves Adam”, Mowry-Housley exclaims, “My mom…just thinks he’s the best thing ever. My brother Taj and Adam are so close. We even did this test. I used to be jealous because when the three of us are together, I don’t exist. I’m like “Hello I’m here. I’m your wife!” Tamera continues, “I never had to deal with hate that way. My family and my extended family–they love this man. And I’ll tell you this: What’s so great is that my aunts and cousins when they first met him, said this is a man who does not see color. He’s comfortable around EVERYBODY. Adam speaks fluent Spanish, he loves culture and knows what’s going on in the world. My family welcomed him with open arms. The stresses that I had were the stresses I put on myself. If I could tell brides anything–it’s don’t stress about the little things!”
It’s no wonder the former child star family is so accepting of her marriage to Housley, since she and sister Tia are the product of biracial couple themselves. That fact still didn’t prevent the mass criticism that accompanied the pair’s publicized engagement photos.
“I was just shocked that some people still feel that way. It’s 2011! They did a poll recently and 83% of Americans are OK with interracial relationships. I never expected that kind of negative response to us. But Tamera ensures that the hail of criticism didn’t faze her one bit. “It didn’t ruin anything for me. If anything, it just shed light on the fact people feel that way…and that’s their opinion. The fact of the matter is–if you have 99.9% who see it with positivity, and you’re gonna have that .1% who don’t. My husband had the best response to that on the show. He said ‘That’s not our issue. That’s their issue. So they can deal with that.’ From now on, I’m just focusing on the people who love us and support us. Which are MANY people. And that’s also the case with life–there will always be naysayers.”
After all the waiting, abstaining and stressing out, Mowry-Housley describes the sensation of being newly wed.
“We went straight to our honeymoon the next morning (in Greece). Honestly, I woke up the most peaceful I have ever been in my entire life. And… [laughing]Adam and I had waited for a while to… You know… So, it was like an ‘A-ha’ moment. It was amazing. I was the most peaceful I’ve ever been. Just so happy to be a wife.”
Now that they’ve tied the knot doesn’t mean that motherhood is right around the bend. Tamera wants to bask in the glow of married life for a minute – and while she loves kids, especially nephew Cree – the actress says she’d prefer to remain nuptial-centric for now. She adds, “And I know once you have a baby, you die to yourself. [Laughs] That’s it! It’s all about the baby.”
Touché Tamera, touché! Click here for the ‘bigger picture,’ as well as advice for brides-to-be from the lovestruck reality star.