Gearing up for the debut of her new reality show, “Tia & Tamera,” Tamera Mowry sat down to chat with Essence.com about her dream wedding, adjusting to married life, and interracial dating.
Back in May, Tamera married her longtime partner, Fox News correspondent Adam Housley and has been on cloud 9 ever since. Mowry says being married has made her a stronger person, because she knows her husband has her back. So how did she know Adam was the one?
I can be completely myself. I didn’t have to worry about that. I have naturally curly hair, but a lot of my ex boyfriends always liked it straight. It’s a lot of work keeping it straight all the time, whereas Adam liked me as me. Not only that, but when we were going out on dates and eating, and I found myself being able to eat and do whatever I wanted to do. I didn’t feel like I had to watch what I say or watch what I do. I could completely just be raw and that’s how I knew. I always wanted to be with him. I never got tired of him. He made me feel very comfortable.
Despite being biracial herself, Mowry still gets asked about interracial dating and marriage because her husband is White. Instead of focusing on the negative comments, however, Mowry focuses on the love she and Housley share.
When Essence.com writer Charli Penn asked what advice she’d give sisters considering dating interracially, Mowry said:
Well, I always find these questions so interesting, because I’m a product of an interracial marriage — and I never really grew up seeing color. I honestly realized that my dad was White when someone told me in middle school. They’re like, “Oh your dad’s White?” I’m like, “Oh, my gosh, he really is White.” I knew what race was, but it didn’t matter to me. Yes we are an interracial couple. The thing is we do still deal with that. People always question that. If anything, it hurts, but we do have more people supporting us than making stupid comments. We kind of just ignore it and focus on the positive. Love is love and a lot of times people might be in the situation they’re in because they put barriers up. Like some people only want to date a model, or an actor, or an athlete. You’re only limiting yourself. Open up to what’s out there because God made us all.