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Saturday 31 January 2015

Denzel Washington forgets proposal

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17:  Denzel Washington attends the UK Premiere of 'Flight' at The Empire Cinema on January 17, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington blanked on proposing to his wife three times after she rejected his first two offers.

The 58-year-old Hollywood legend has been married to Pauletta Washington, 62, for 30 years.

The couple walked hand-in-hand on the red carpet of the actor’s new movie 2 Guns this week.

Pauletta recalled on the press line their bumpy road to becoming man and wife.

“Yes [three times],” she told Access Hollywood about him popping the question.

Denzel interjected.

“Twice!” asking, “It was three times?”

“It was three times. I know with age sometimes things [go], the mind,” Pauletta laughed.

“Why was it twice… Why would I have to ask again?” Denzel asked.

“Because I said no,” Pauletta she proclaimed.

“You heard it here first,” Denzel shrugged. “She turned me down, she said no. And since it was three times, that means she turned me down twice.”

“That’s true. I turned you down twice and the third time we did it,” Pauletta explained.

Pauletta and Denzel met on the set of telefilm Wilma.

The couple married in 1983 and renewed their wedding vows in 1995.

The ceremony was held in South Africa, where Archbishop Desmond Tutu officiated.

The couple share four children and their family is known to be extremely close-knit.

In May, Pauletta and Denzel attended their son, Malcom’s, college graduation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Malcolm is following in his father’s footsteps with a degree in film studies from the Ivy League school, where Denzel was often seen on campus watching his son play basketball.

In addition to Malcolm, 22, the couple has a 29-year-old son, John, now a professional football player, a 25-year-old daughter, Katia, who graduated from Yale University in 2010, and Malcolm’s twin sister, Olivia.

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