Tamera Mowry on Her Wedding, Her Husband and Celibacy

October 5, 2011  |  

We can’t help but love the Mowry twins. They’ve grown into real role models. Nice to see child stars that didn’t end up on the wrong path. Apparently we’re not the only ones interested in the sisters. The Style Network picked up a reality show featuring the sisters aptly titled “Tia and Tamera”. During the first couple of episodes we watched as Tamera planned her wedding to Adam Housley.

In an exclusive interview with The YBF, Tamera Mowry gushed about the behind the scenes details of her wedding, how her family received Adam and waiting until marriage.

Tamera, let’s get right to it.  You and [your husband] Adam got slammed with hateful comments and criticism about your interracial relationship.  Especially as soon as your engagement photos hit the net. Why did you choose to release the photos?  How did you all deal with the negativity?

It’s something I wanted to share with Adam, our fam and friends, and years down the line with our kids.  There’s something, I think, special about that.  I wanted them to see something more than just us in our wedding attire.  I didn’t feel like we shouldn’t have put them out–I was just shocked that some people still feel that way.  It’s 2011!  They did a poll recently and 83% of Americans are OK with interracial relationships.  I never expected that kind of negative response to us.  That’s why I was OK with our wedding photographer (Jose Villa) putting those pics on his website.  He was ok with them, and I was ok with them.

You mentioned on your show that you and Adam decided not to shack up.  Does that mean you went the Sherri Shepherd route and decided not to sex it up either?

I’ll be very very honest. (Laughs embarrassingly)  We decided, it was both of our decision, not to live together for religious reasons.  I’m being very honest. We actually didn’t wait before we got married to be intimate…but we did wait 3 years. (The two have been together for 6 years). I wanted to do what felt right for me.  I became re-virginized. It’s something that just felt right for me. It was just a personal choice.  And even after being intimate, we decided as a couple to be celibate until the wedding.

What was you all’s FIRST DANCE song at the reception?

It was Journey‘s “Faithfully.”  My husband and I always travel up to Northern California–he had a place there–and we always listened to that song.  It’s about a man who travels a lot.  But always loves his significant other and comes right back.

Oh, and Adam is a HUGE LL Cool J fan.  He was set on having LL in the wedding some way. So he wanted “Going Back To Cali” played, it’s his favorite song.  So my brother choreographed a dance that we all did at the wedding.  We had our slow dance, then we broke out into LL Cool J.  It was hilarious.  Oh my gosh.

Give us a peek into what a newly married woman feels like.  I always wanted to know a bride’s thoughts the very next day.  Happiness, REGRET even (laughs). What was the very first thing you did the next morning as Mrs. Housley?  Brush your teeth extra happy….cook him breakfast….what?

Well, we were actually in our hotel room still.  We went straight to our Honeymoon the next morning (in Greece).  Honestly, I woke up the most peaceful I have ever been in my entire life.  And……(cracks up laughing) Adam and I had waited for a while to…you know….so….[trails off with laughter].

Ya’ll had some catching up to do!

We did!  It was like an “A-ha” moment.  It was amazing.  [Laughs]  I was the most peaceful I’ve ever been.  Just so happy to be a wife.

You can read the rest of this adorable interview over at The YBF.

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