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Idina Menzel says ‘interracial aspect’ played into her marriage to Taye Diggs ending

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2023-10-21 17:13:38:

Idina Menzel says ‘interracial aspect’ played into her marriage to Taye Diggs ending



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Idina Menzel shared some of the “very complicated” reasons why she and Taye Diggs split in 2013.

The “Wicked” star appeared on a recent episode of the “Dinner’s on Me with Jesse Tyler Ferguson” podcast. Ferguson said he went from being a fan of Menzel’s from her time in the original Broadway production of “Rent” to starring with her in “Hair” and becoming friends.

“Rent” is also where she met Diggs. The former couple married in 2003 and years later welcomed a son, Walker.

Menzel told Ferguson that although they have always supported each other, being in an interracial relationship caused them to experience outside pressure.

“What played the most, I would say, and he talked about it too, was the interracial aspect,” she said. “When you’re in the theater, it’s just not a thing. We all love each other, sleep together, and (are) best friends to whoever wants to be, regardless of sexual orientation.

But leaving the “cocoon” of the theater world was different, she says.

“I think he had his own stuff to deal with, with that,” she said of Diggs. “It seemed like there was a disappointment in the community about him because he was married to a little white Jewish girl from a show that we don’t even remember. So I accepted that too.

Diggs opened up about their breakup with Redbook in a 2014 interview.

“I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times where I thought, ‘Oh, man, people are going to trip (if we split). Maybe they thought it was cute that we met on ‘Rent,'” he said. “There weren’t many couples like us in the theater community — and I know that there aren’t many performers as talented as her… and then there’s the whole thing of mixed race. It was easy for people to support us.

Menzel married actor-turned-therapist Aaron Lohr in 2017.

cnn

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