Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict are spilling the secrets on how they have been able to stay married for nearly 13 years. In an interview on Feb. 4 with “People the TV Show!” they revealed how they have been able to keep their union strong.
Tia said, “A lot of people, they ask Cory and I, like, ‘What makes your marriage, you know, a great marriage?’” She continued, “And if I’m being really honest with you — and we’ve been doing this for years — we don’t focus on specific gender roles.”
Explaining further how she and her husband handle things in their household, Mowry added, “Meaning the women should just do one thing and then the men should just do one thing. It’s a team effort at our house.”
Hardrict, concurring with his wife’s statements, said, “We’ve got a loving household. We try to teach our kids if you have equality in the house that can bleed over into the world, and that’s what makes the world a better place.” Mowry and Hardrict have two children together, their son Cree, who is 9, and their 2-year-old daughter Cairo.
This is not the first time that Mowry has said equal partnership is what has kept their marriage intact. In 2015, she spoke with “HuffPost Live,” where she elaborated more on how their marriage without gender roles works for them.
She said, “We don’t put gender roles on our marriage and our relationship. If I’m working a lot and Cory’s home, he will put Cree to bed, and if dishes need to be washed, he will wash them. So it’s not like, ‘Oh, I’m going to wait until my wife gets home and she’s going to be doing all that.’”
And the same goes for Hardrict when he is out filming. “I had to take on those responsibilities that a father would do. I was out in the backyard teaching my son how to kick a ball. We don’t put labels on each other. … It’s a team effort, and at the end of the day it’s winning, and however we get there, that’s what we do.”
The actors dated for six years after meeting at a Los Angeles bus stop. After taking some time to court, the two got engaged in 2006 and said “I do” in 2008.