Taye Diggs watches ‘awful’ TV: ‘I cried over an episode of Vanderpump Rules’


Taye Diggs spent most of his 2013 acting like a single guy, hitting up strip clubs and grinding on ladies at the club. Which wouldn’t have been notable except for the fact that he was married to Idina Menzel at the time and they only announced their separation last November. I used to think Taye was a nice guy, a doting father and a loving husband. But there were lots of rumors about his wandering dong over the years, so now I kind of find him gross. Anyway, he has a new interview in Redbook and some of the quotes are sort of interesting:

He tackled a home invader: “He didn’t quite enter, but he was trying to. My little one [son Walker] was home, so my Papa Bear instinct took over and I gave chase. I was cool in the moment, but afterward I realized what could have happened—that’s when fear set in.”

People’s reactions to his marriage ending: “I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times when I thought, Oh, man, people are going to trip out [if we split]. Maybe they thought it was cute that we met in Rent. There weren’t a lot of couples like us in the theater community—and I know there aren’t a lot of performers as talented as she is… and then you have the whole mixed [race] thing. It was easy for people to root for us. Right now, we’re still trying to figure out a lot of stuff because we’re on different coasts and our son is getting older.”

The most challenging part of parenting: “The best is seeing the expression on his face when I pick him up from school—the way he says “Daddy” is unrivaled by anything. Then the toughest… well, lately, it’s leaving for work when I know I have to be away from him for more than a few days. And just the vulnerability. It’s weird: You can do whatever with your own life, but when it comes to someone else’s, who is your blood, it’s a level of vulnerability that I wasn’t—that I’m still not—prepared for.”

He’s actually a big fan of reality TV: “I watch some pretty awful reality shows… I cried over an episode of Vanderpump Rules.”

[From Redbook]

OK, I laughed at that Vanderpump Rules sentence. I can just see it – Taye watching some late-night TV, getting caught up in an episode of Vanderpump Rules and suddenly he’s crying. It’s cute. As for the stuff about his marriage ending… well, people who followed his shenanigans on this blog and on some of the urban blogs probably knew what was up. I guess people who only read People Mag might have been shocked. I don’t know. Is he a d-bag? Or did he just misbehave for a year while his marriage was falling apart?


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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I know nothing about him and cheaters are gross, but I thought his remarks about being a father were sweet. And I laughed at the Vanderpump Rules comment, too.

  2. MissMoody says:

    I’m going with d bag.

  3. Izzy says:

    Even if he only fooled around for the last year of his marriage while it was falling apart, he was a d-bag for doing so.

    His taste in TV? Further evidence to me that Idina Menzel can do better.

  4. Abbott says:

    I mean, whose soul doesn’t weep over VanderPump Rules?

  5. kibbles says:

    I never understood Idina and Taye as a couple. They seem like a complete mismatch not having anything to do with race but because of their seemingly very different personalities. I believe the rumors that he fooled around on Idina during their marriage. Idina seems really sweet and a bit of a goody two shoes and a perfectionist, but in a good way, unlike Lea Michele. I remember an interview Idina did with Ellen several years ago and I just felt like there were already problems in the marriage but Idina maybe felt like they were a power couple and being together was what made them endearing to fans after Rent. I think she can do much better.

  6. Noel says:

    I’ve been a huge fan of Idina (and then Taye, I suppose) for years and I just don’t like him.

    Anyone who knows Idina knows how sweet and simple (in the best possible sense of the word) she really is. She loves lying low and just singing or acting when given the chance.

    I also don’t believe a word about his being a great father – isn’t Walker in NY with Idina almost constantly?

  7. Abby_J says:

    Marriage and d-bag status aside, He is a very handsome guy who can wear a hat well (sorry, Cumby!). I might question his TV watching habits, however.

    I watched his new show last night, Murder in the First. I really liked it. It wasn’t the most amazing cop show that I’ve ever seen, but it was decent, and he was heartbreaking in it. It is something I’d definitely watch again. He is aging well, for sure.

    Did anyone else watch, and wonder why Tom Felton doesn’t get more acting gigs? He stole every scene that he was in (or maybe I just have a soft spot for Draco Malfoy). I bet he’d like to play a nice guy, though!

  8. I Choose Me says:

    Such a fine, fine man. Too bad he’s a douche.

  9. Pepsi Presents...Coke says:

    He’s another one of those dudes who blames black women for everything that’s ever gone wrong in his life. Threats about his marriage? Must be black women (until it was proven that it wasn’t), his show gets cancelled, black women won’t accept him with a white love interest–because they’re jealous and vindictive like that. I guess black women forced him cathouse around on his wife, huh? Taye, you and your ashy brethren like Terrence Howard and Kevin Hart have to stop. Or don’t, you’re not getting my money either way.