Fame is nothing new for David and Tamela Mann. They got their start in the business by singing with gospel group, Kirk Franklin and The Family. And as the couple transitioned into acting, The Manns rose to fame through Tyler Perry’s Madea production in the Atlanta theatre circuit. David Mann is known for his hilarious role as Mr. Brown and Tamela, as his daughter Cora in the Madea, Mr. Brown and The House Of Payne series.
Over the past year, Tamela Mann’s anointed voice has blown us away with her song “Take Me To The King,” and the couple recently shared their love story with Ebony Magazine, which was a blessing to all. Married at 22 years old, The Manns still flirt and adore each other as though they are teenagers in love. And in an interview with us, David and Tamela shared sage advice on how they are even more in love with each other than the day they met. Both candidly spoke on what they know for sure in love and marriage as they approach their upcoming 26th anniversary. Check out what they had to say:
How did you two meet?
David Mann: We met in high school. A friend of mine brought her (Tamela) to the group where myself, Kirk Franklin and Darrell Blair sang. Tamela thought she was bad and she came to the school to teach us how to sing. Long story short, one day I looked into her eyes and she kissed me on my lips. That is the short version of it.
Tamela: If you say so sir! My best friend did go to school with him and that is how we met.
How do you keep your love ablaze after all these years?
Tamela: I do things to keep him turned on; it is never a dull moment. I try to give him a different lady- I may try to change my hair color or change up something, especially in the bedroom. I try to make sure he is keeping his eye on me.
David: One day we can try to make love, hanging off the door until we can’t breathe!
How do you keep the lines of communication open?
Tamela: We talk about everything. If something happens, we try not to go to bed angry with each other and whatever upsets me, we talk about it. Even if it takes calming down for a few minutes and then going back to it. We don’t let things fester a long time. We keep it all out in the open and we don’t have any agendas. Everything is together- there are no separate accounts. Everything has both of our names on it. This is how we keep everything open in our relationship so we can always put everything on the table.
How do you feel about married couples who have close friends of the opposite sex?
David: You have to really be careful because of human nature. The reason you have to be careful is because that friendship ultimately plays a role in your relationship. I don’t object to it but you have to understand how to handle that friendship. If it bothers your spouse, then you have to back off from that friendship.