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After eleven years of marriage, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker have created a beautiful family.

The actress shared a photo of her husband and their two kids on Instagram with the caption, #FamFriday.

In May, the couple celebrated their anniversary with a sweet date night. As noted by Essence, the couple met for the first time and fell in love when they played lovers on the set of Soul Food, the TV series in 2000.

Over a decade later, they’re still going strong and raising two bright children, Nicholas and Sophie.


The couple have been candid about their daughter’s spina bifida diagnosis, a birth defect that affects the development of the spinal cord. They note that Sophie’s strength has changed their perspective on life.

“Her spirit, her attitude was always, she was this little baby who was always smiling and she looked at us like, ‘Why are you crying?’” Kodjoe said in an Aspire TV interview. “So we figured, OK, this is what it is. This is our norm. She doesn’t know any different and it’s up to us to prepare her and equip her for this life that’s hers and make sure that she has all options and all opportunities that anyone else would have.”

Parker has also talked about how her marriage has worked for so long.

“I think we passed out every single night because we still had to come home, do homework and make dinner,” Parker told MadameNoire in a 2015 interview. “Boris and I fuss about the same regular stuff married people fuss about. Our work situation doesn’t make or break that. He’s still a husband who doesn’t listen to his wife [laughs]. He can’t hear me when the game is on. He always gets the wrong thing at the grocery store [laughs]. Same old, same old.”

Adding, “You and your husband have to look at each other and say, ‘I know that we’re going to go through a rough patch,’ whether it be financially, intimately, life decisions, you’re going to go through a rough patch,” Parker said. “But then you have to make the real commitment to say, ‘We’re going to be with each other through the rough patch,’ because there is joy on the other side. You become better people on the other side. Everyone wants to run if you have one argument, one misstep or one mistake. But if you commit to going through the desert, so to speak, it’s so good on the other side.”

Parker is currently filming Time After Time, an ABC sci-fi thriller, and will be in Almost Christmas this November.

Kodjoe is currently in two television series, Code Black and Cape Town, a mystery mini-series.

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