Sanaa Lathan and Denzel Washington have a complicated history, and the reported mistress of the 58-year-old actor has now resurfaced in new infidelity rumors.
Rumors have circulated this week that Denzel cheated on his wife of 30 years, Pauletta, kissing a woman he met at a house party. The strain on the relationship comes just after Denzel and Pauletta appeared on the cover of Ebony magazine together, but now has grown so bad that they reportedly spent their 30th anniversary apart.
The rumors have recalled another reported instance of infidelity. Sanaa Lathan and Denzel Washington appeared together in the movie Out of Time, and reports said they two grew to be more than friends. Despite the alleged affair, Denzel was able to squirm his way out of trouble.
“[His wife] confronted him, and once again he denied he did anything wrong,” a source told Star.
Sanaa Lathan stuck to the same story, saying she and Denzel were co-stars and nothing more.
“(The rumor) got started because the movie had a love scene with Denzel, and people took that and translated it to real life,” Sanaa said in 2006. “They said I was pregnant with Denzel’s child, and people were calling my mother, saying I’m having his baby. It’s frustrating. People are going to talk no matter what.”
For Denzel, the Sanaa Lathan situation could provide a blueprint for the current struggles. Pauletta has been firm in her support of Denzel in the past, saying she accepts the good times along with the bad.
“I live with this man. I see the down part. I see the sad part. I see every part,” she told Ebony.
Pauletta adds: “He has and knows he has stability in me as his wife. That’s what gives him strength, regardless if he misuses it. I can’t dwell on that. But I do know that gives him a great platform to go and fly.”
With rumors of the Sanaa Lathan affair fresh in mind, Denzel again denies that he cheated on his wife.