Morris Chestnut & Wife: 21 Years Of Marriage & Counting!

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Actor Morris Chestnut has played opposite a lot of different beautiful leading ladies in his 20-plus year career.  There’s been Vivica Fox, Halle Berry, Monica Calhoun, and in his most recent film, When The Bough Breaks, it was Regina Hall.

But there has been one constant leading lady in his real life, his wife, Pam Byse.  The couple recently celebrated their 21 years of marriage. For Morris to be in Hollywood, 21 years is like a lifetime!  So the questions was asked, how do they keep the spark alive. For him to answer, he had to take it back to when they first met.

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“We met in a club. I was doing something in Atlanta and at the time it was Deion Sanders, Ron Grant and a dude named Tiny Lister (Deebo from Friday), explains Chestnut. “I was doing a tv movie out there and I went to the club. Tiny was living in Atlanta. he knew the ins and outs of the city, and he was just like, Mr. Atlanta. We were hanging out in the club and he told me about this chick, that chick, whatever. Then I saw Pam, who is my wife, and I said, ‘What’s up with her?’He said, ‘Nah, man, don’t waste your time. She don’t give anybody no play.’ So as soon as he said that, I was like, ‘That’s the woman I need to go holler at.'”

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“One of the things that made me truly realize that I wanted her to be my wife is the way she was. She has three older sisters and they have kids. Her nephew was very young at the time, and when we were dating I would see the way she was with kids. I’ve always thought that she was a good person and attractive and all that, but one of the primary reasons why I wanted her to be my wife was because I knew that she would be an excellent mother to my kids.”

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So once the honeymoon stage was gone, how did he deal with the fame and the women that come with that fame? For the Chestnuts, it’s all about knowing your role in the family.

“I let my wife be the woman. You know? I let her be the woman…And she, in turn, when it comes down to it, she lets me be the man…” Chestnut says.

He also shared the key in keeping doubts at bay, which we can imagine could creep up when you’re married to such a sex symbol.

“With my wife, I’m always letting her know what the deal is. ‘It’s you. Ain’t nobody else. It’s you.’ And I think, conversely, that’s what a woman needs to do for a man.”

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The couple has two children and has no signs of slowing down in the love department. But what some people see…