Marlon Wayans Showed Love To His Ex And The Bitter Betty Brigade Got Mad, Per Usual
Parenting is a lifetime commitment, so it’s best to make peace with the person you laid down and had a baby with — whether y’all are together or not. If you can manage to repurpose your once romantic relationship into a loving friendship, that’s even better. Marlon Wayans has managed to do that and then some. Unfortunately, it seems that not everyone is here for the closer-than-close co-parenting relationship the comedian shares with his ex Angelica Zachary.
Over the weekend, the “Marlon” actor shared a photo of himself and Zachary hugged up while he gushed about his love for the mother of his two children in the caption.
“This woman…. ride or die. Love you for life. Always my baby. I hope I make you .proud. Thank u for those two little gifts (my kids) and thank u for believing in my greatness,” Wayans captioned the image.
While many applauded the co-parents for exuding such a level of maturity, love, and respect for one another, an equal number of fans responded with negativity and skepticism. Comments ranged from “If you love her so much, how come you haven’t put a ring on it?” to “He must still be hitting that,” to “Sounds like another Diddy and Kim Porter situation.”
We won’t pretend like exes can’t and don’t have sex; however, it’s also very possible that Wayans and Zachary simply managed to salvage a friendship from the rubble of their 21-year marriage. He was able to materialize an entire sitcom from their broken union, so a friendship is not far fetched.
Last month, we spoke with actress Essence Atkins, who credits Wayans with helping her to heal from her own divorce.
“I love and adore him [Wayans] and respect and admire him so much. He has been instrumental in helping me heal and helping me restart my life,” said Atkins. “Literally, I filed for divorce in January of 2016 and February — three weeks later — I was playing his ex-wife on a show that was going to deal with divorce and how you remain a family without being together.”
According to Atkins, it was important to Marlon to tell the story of remaining a family after divorce in a manner to which people could relate.
“Telling that story through the lens of love and the lens of humor, I felt that we have kind of taken on this mission. He also has two children and he is successfully co-parenting with his ex and so we both felt really passionate and committed to telling this story of the complications and what can be very and funny awkward moments of having this rich, long-term history with someone and you’re not together anymore but you don’t really know how to not be together and how lines get blurred,” said Essence.
It seems that many have become so accustomed to bitter custody battles and nasty child support that they’ve forgotten that it’s also possible to split amicably and continue to raise children in a loving environment.