Niecy Nash may be back on the market, but she isn’t particularly sad about it. She made her first red carpet appearance at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Monday since the 49-year-old actress announced in late October that she and husband Jay Tucker were calling it quits after eight years of marriage. The When They See Us star maintains that she and Tucker are friends, and while the news of their separation may have been surprising and sad to some, she implied they had gone their separate ways long before they broke the news to the world.
“It was just a part of our lives that we are in, because we are really great friends who still love each other,” she told Extra. “The love has just transitioned into a different type, and so we just said, ‘Let’s let the world catch up to where we have already been,’ because by the time you get it, the news is real old in our lives.”
That statement makes sense when you consider that the couple had not been seen together publicly since early this year. They stepped out together at the premiere of When They See Us in May.
“That’s my friend,” she added with a smile, according to the site. “He always will be.”
Nash’s split announcement certainly gave fans the impression that they were still keeping it friendly.
“We believe in the beauty of truth. Always have,” they wrote in their joint statement. “Our truth is that in this season of our lives, we are better friends than partners in marriage. Our union was a gorgeous ride. And as we go our separate ways now, we feel fortunate for the love we share — present tense.”
“Thank you all out there for your support of us as a couple over the last eight years,” they added. “We are grateful.”
Nash and Tucker tied the knot in 2011. They share no children but the star has three children from her first marriage.