Kerry Washington finally addressed rumors of a possible split from husband Nnamdi Asomugha and debunked any speculation about trouble in their relationship on Sunday, March 13.
“I think it’s a double-edged sword,” the Scandal lead, 39, said of social media interest in celebrities at “The New Rules of Social Stardom” chat at the ongoing SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. More after the cut…
“I think — and this is something Reese Witherspoon has talked about a lot — it’s a little different for me because I don’t talk about my personal life,” the resolutely private actress said. “Social media has actually been great for other celebrities’ relationships with the weeklies or the gossip sites because people say things and they say, ‘That’s not true! Just so you know, that’s BS!’ I say ‘BS’ because it’s Sunday. So I’m thinking in some ways, it’s been great because people are able to maintain their voice.”Washington, however, has no desire to overshare on Twitter or Instagram, which she uses mainly to promote her beloved ABC drama. “If I don’t talk about my personal life, it means I don’t talk about my personal life,” she explained. “That means not only did I not tell you when I was getting married, it also means if somebody has rumors about what’s going on in my marriage, I don’t refute them, because I don’t talk about my personal life.”
That includes social posts about the couple’s 22-month-old daughter, Isabelle. “It’s like I have these itchy fingers where I want to just show my daughter because she’s so cute and instead I like, send it to my shrink or send it to my mother,” Washington said. “I’m like, ‘Look at this picture! Look how cute, look at this picture!’ Get it out of my phone into the world, but not on social. So I get the desire to do that, but I want her to make her own decisions in her time and I feel like she already has a lot to navigate in life being the daughter of an actor and a former football player that she has a lot going on, so she should be able to enter this world when it feels right for her and not make that decision for her. Who knows that the next generation of Snapchat will be when she’s allowed to have a phone, you know? Who knows?”
Washington revealed some insight about her dynamic with former Philadelphia Eagles player Asomugha, 34, at home. “My husband says that I’m funnier since I became a mom, and that luckily I was pregnant when I did SNL because I was really funny,” she joked. “I think something about being a mom has made me let go even more of ideas of perfectionism, like when you’re pregnant you’re just not in control of anything. Like every day you’re like, ‘What am I today?’” It is that Washington and Asomugha secretly tied the knot in June 2013.