Forest Whitaker Files for Divorce—Naturally, Social Media Believes It’s Because the Couple Didn’t See Eye to Eye

Actor/filmmaker Forest Whitaker (L) and Keisha Nash Whitaker attend the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.
Actor/filmmaker Forest Whitaker (L) and Keisha Nash Whitaker attend the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.
Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images)

The strength of the black love has been stripped away: Forest Whitaker and his wife, Keisha Nash Whitaker are ending their longtime marriage.

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According to TMZ, the 57-year-old actor and filmmaker filed divorce papers on Thursday in Los Angeles. The citation: irreconcilable differences. The two married in 1996 and have two adult daughters together, according to People. They each had a child from previous relationships: he, a son and she, a daughter.

“He is very honest and sensitive and romantic,” Nash Whitaker told People in 1997 about the Academy Award winner. “He swept me off my feet—not with material things, more like the way he displayed his emotions.”

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Let’s start with one fact: Black folks can make a joke out of anything. Anything. And when something happens that simply hands you the easiest joke on a silver platter, you can’t not take the opportunity, no matter how ain’t shit it is, right? Right.

In between the shock and sadness, social media decided to cope in the best way they know how: through jokes.

If a marriage falls in a forest (heh) and no one is around to see it, will black Twitter ever be shit?

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Okay, now that that’s out of the way.

This is actually heartbreaking. Twenty-two whole years of marriage—gone. There are certain couples the black community upholds as an image of black love: Barack and Michelle. Denzel and Pauletta. Dwayne and Whitley. 50 Cent and his Strap.

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Speaking of eyes, Powerline (Tevin Campbell) dropped apt knowledge in his hit from A Goofy Movie, “Eye 2 Eye.”

The hook goes as follows:

If we listen to each other’s hearts
We’ll find we’re never too far apart
& Maybe love is the reason why
For the 1st time ever we’re seeing it eye to eye

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Maybe love is the reason why, indeed.

Forest and Keisha met on the set of Stephen Hopkins’ Blown Away in 1994 and started dating shortly after. Lawd. An end of an era.

Staff Writer, Entertainment at The Root. Sugar, spice & everything rice. Equipped with the uncanny ability to make a Disney reference and a double entendre in the same sentence.

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I barked at that headline. The three other people “working” today all looked up which is impressive since we’re all wearing headphones.

This is actually heartbreaking. Twenty-two whole years of marriage—gone.

Huh? You know them getting divorced doesn’t invalidate the previous 22 years they spent together. Maybe they just want other things now. Maybe after the kids moved out they realized they din’t really have enough in common anymore to sustain a marriage. Divorce isn’t always a failure on the part of the participants. This idea that a marriage is only successful if no one makes it out alive is a very strange position to take.