After news surfaced that Paula Patton’s new man is still married, many fans judged the actress for entering into a relationship with him given her past. And now, the “Traffik” star is setting the record straight.
Speaking about her realtor beau Zach Quittman, Patton said she met him when he was separated from his wife, lending credence to his previous statement to People magazine.
“I would just say when I met him he was separated from his wife and he’s in the process of divorce,” she told HelloBeautiful in April while promoting her newest film. “They’re still married as that happens. He told his wife a while ago and I told Robin. She heard it from him first, not from anybody else. I let Robin know because he’s the father of my child and I thought he had a right to know that I had somebody, since the first time that [we’ve] been divorced, that I wanted in my life and that I want my child to know.
“I just knew it. I’m 42 years old and I was like, this is my man,” she added. “I feel it. For me, when you’re living in truth and integrity… I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I know that we did right.”
The “Traffik” actress was married to singer Robin Thicke for nearly nine years before his infidelity led her to file for divorce in 2014. So when news broke that the man she had gushed to “Extra” about was still married, folks immediately began drawing comparisons to Patton’s marriage with her childhood sweetheart.
However, Patton firmly has no issues with how she and Quittman got together.
“They were already separated and he didn’t leave her for me,” she explained. “I would never go into anyone else’s marriage and disrupt it in a million, trillion years. This man was already living in a different home.”
Still, the public continues to weigh in on her relationship, even in the wake of her clarification.
“I clearly understand what she is saying and agree to an extent, but I’d wait until he has those papers in hand,” a Facebook user said.
“Can’t complain about Robin if you’re doing the same to another woman,” another posted.
“Whatever you say, lady,” someone else commented.