Onscreen, Michael Ealy is the idealistic man many of us hope for, but he’s so taken offscreen. The longtime bachelor quietly married his girlfriend of four years, Khatira Rafiqzada, in 2012 and is finally talking about it.
With two romantic comedies on deck for 2014 (Think Like a Man 2 and About Last Night) , Ealy is on the promo trailand during a sit down with Rolling Out Magazine, the usually private actor dished on his decision to jump the broom:
“When you find someone — and that’s something that is very hard to do, but when you find someone that you actually want to spend the rest of your life with, you have to go for it. I was just very lucky that the stars lined up for me. I’ve found that for me, the timing of it was right … that’s all that I can really say. And that’s a personal decision that was not made in haste, because we were together for four years.”
While the married actor isn’t looking to be the next Devon Franklin of marriage advice, he does share his “personal perspective” on time and doing what’s best for you. “It just dawned on me that we don’t have as much time as we think. And when you’re done playing games, and you find someone who has qualities that are much more practical as opposed to romanticized ideals, then you’ve got to hold on to them.”
He goes on to say that instead of marrying “his type,” the life he shares with Khatira is “more practical, and based in a day-to-day existence. So when you have that, and you’re happy, and you love her, don’t waste time. Because time — and I’ve learned that at this point in my life — time is my most precious commodity. Nothing is more precious than time. Because when it runs out, that’s it.”
We love it when Michael sounds as poetic and poised as the characters he portrays. About Last Night comes out on February 14th (Valentine’s Day) and is a must-see romantic comedy with lots of this blue-eyed charmer!
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