In the words of Mary J. Blige, our good sis Lela Rochon is “Just fine.”
Back in July, the 55-year-old actress (who actually goes by Lela Rochon Fuqua) retreated from Instagram after photos were released showing her husband, director Antoine Fuqua, sharing a few kisses with former reality star Nicole Murphy. Murphy initially claimed that they just happened to run into each other abroad in Italy and shared a “friendly hello.” However, the 51-year-old changed her tune and apologized for her involvement in the state of affairs.
“Without going into the entire situation, I want to apologize to my family, and to Lela and the Fuqua family for what transpired,” she said in a statement to TMZ. “It was not my intention to be in this situation. I do not condone women kissing or interacting in anyway [sic] inappropriately with a married man. I too was once married and I would never intentionally undermine another woman, despite what has been written.”
While Rochon hasn’t spoken publicly since that drama unfolded, she let her smile speak for her when she stepped out on the red carpet for the first time since everything happened in Los Angeles. She was present at the premiere of OWN’s David Makes Man on Tuesday and sported her wedding ring. For all that’s been going on privately, the Waiting to Exhale actress looked quite good publicly.
Rochon is actually part of the series as a recurring character, playing the estranged mother of one of the main characters, Gloria.
The synopsis for the show, which is from Academy Award-winning Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and loosely based on his life, is about a 14-year-old prodigy named David who is haunted by the death of a friend and simultaneously trying to get his mother and himself out of poverty. He is tasked with choosing between the streets of South Florida or the chance to obtain higher education as a means to change his circumstances.
We’re happy to see Rochon consistently back in front of the camera for this project — and looking quite unbothered after a rough few weeks.