Actor Taye Diggs is one of those youthful faces that seems to have been around forever in Hollywood. The actor got his start on Broadway, where he met his now ex-wife Idina Menzel. After 11 years of marriage, the two split and Taye’s been single but dating. A resurfaced interview may extend his “single” status even longer — when it comes to Black women.
Taye, real name Scott, got his start on Broadway, where originated the role of Benny in the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning Rent. After that, he worked with Menzel in a number of other productions, including such heavyweights as Wicked and Chicago. Menzel, a White woman, and Diggs were married in 2003 before their split after 10 years.
After moving on from Menzel, Diggs started to date Selling Sunset cast member Amanza Smith for 5 years before they split in 2018. While it’s unknown now who Diggs may be involved with, they may have second thoughts after hearing his thoughts on Black women in a resurfaced 2018 interview.
He’s not the only actor who has had thoughts specifically on Black & White women. Acting great Denzel Washington has been very considerate of his core audience over the years, whom he has acknowledged to be Black women. Diggs could have taken some advice from the icon, as Denzel’s approach to Black women is more of respect.
Denzel Washington didn’t want to kiss White actress Julia Roberts during the filming of their film The Pelican Brief back in 1993 and a resurfaced NY Daily News report that covered Alison Samuels’ book “Off the Record” details that Denzel wouldn’t kiss Julia “out of loyalty to his female African-American fans”.
Washington said; “Black women are not often seen as objects of desire on film. And they have always been my core audience.” Roberts was later asked if she was up for the kiss years later by Newsweek.
“Don’t I have a pulse? Of course, I wanted to kiss Denzel. It was his idea to take the damn scenes out.”
Diggs may now wish he could have deleted this podcast interview with Van Lathan on his Red Pill Podcast. In the 2018 discussion, Diggs feels that Black women have shamed him for marrying a White woman so much that he feels he cannot date White women any longer.
“To this day, I still get, ‘I thought you only like white girls?’” Diggs said. “It’s been a life lesson. It doesn’t matter how many times I explain myself, there’s always going to be someone talking.”
When Lathan asks him if the continued criticism over the years has given him any resentment against Black women, Diggs admitted that deep down it had caused him some problems. “It took me a minute to not be offended. Deep down inside [there’s resentment]. I don’t wanna say I suppress it, but I just watch it. When it happens to you personally, even though you understand the logic, there’s trauma there.”
Diggs thinks the treatment has unfortunately changed how he thinks of people in a broader sense, as well. “I don’t know if I can ever mess with a white girl now,” he continued. “I don’t like that. That goes against who I am as a person. I feel like I’ve had [to] deal with that so long it has changed what I think I like, what I’m attracted to.”
Hear the full interview below.