When asked about his marriage deal breakers in a recent interview with Cocoa Fab, the Baggage Claim actor argued that excessive weight gain (excluding medical conditions) would be reason enough to head for divorce. Kodjoe attributed part of his success in marriage to his continued commitment to looking his absolute best for wife Nicole Ari Parker. And vice versa.
Clearly, something is working; the couple has been going strong since May 2005. Here's what Kodjoe had to say:
"Part of the deal is you gotta keep it sexy 'cause it's easy getting married, but it's not as easy to stay married. I make my wife my girlfriend, so we gotta keep it sexy. If we keep it sexy, if we keep it right, then everything else falls into place. We have two kids, but we're a priority because we were here first. If it's right between us, then it's going to be right with the kids. That's part of the vow that we took, we're going to keep it sexy. What if I gain 200 pounds and then she's looking at me like, 'Really?' I couldn't even blame her if she started looking around 'cause I took her off the market, so I have to deliver what the market could potentially deliver for her. I gotta take that place. I gotta fulfill those things that the market would have given her. I'm the market now, so I gotta keep it sexy and she's gotta do the same for me."
Co-star Derek Luke had a slightly different argument:
"That's part of my [Baggage Claim character William Wright]. Part of my character was about commitment. So even if you're doing humpty dumpty, it's commitment 'cause the dude can go humpty dumpty. You can go from six-pack to one-pack. [...] That's why marriages are failing in America and across the world-- 'cause there's no commitment. Commitment is the key to success. You can go up and down, it's about where you land. It's about the commitment. Sickness, weight-- that's in your confessions when you get married."
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