Family Comes First for Don Cheadle

03/06/2010 at 08:00 AM ET
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A couple for nearly 20 years, Don Cheadle and Bridgid Coulter have defied the Hollywood relationship odds.

In a new interview with PARADE, the 45-year-old actor — dad to daughters Ayana Tai, 14, and Imani, 12 ½ — says that his happy family life is no accident.

“I am somebody who really does want to make sure my relationship stays together and that I am there for the important parts of my kids’ life,” he explains.

Acutely aware that his popularity with the girls will slip as they age, Don says he is making the most of today.

“There’s going to be a time where they’ll be like, ‘Please go away for three months and do a movie.’ But while they’re still like, ‘Daddy, I want you here,’ then I want to deliver for them. So it’s a juggling act. It’s really tricky. But it’s worth everything it takes.”

Don’s new film Brooklyn’s Finest is in theaters now.

Source: PARADE

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zetta69 on

I recently watched Rosewood again and love that they are still together! Would love to see recent pictures of their girls. Don Cheadle is fabulous in everything he’s done from the stage to the big screen.

Red Ginger on

Great actor and great family man.

daniela on

LOVE Don Cheadle! He is oh-so-yummy…and a great actor! :) 20 years? Almost unheard of in Hollywood these days. Sounds like he’s a great husband and father, and puts his family first – Love that too! :)

Elizabeth on

what a sweety!

Lola Marie on

Wow 20 years! Ms. Bridgid is a patient woman…I guess “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.

Mrs. W on

how much do i love him? let me count the ways…..

Brownsugar1313 on

I just LOVE this guy….definitely one of the most underrated actors out there.

I absolutely love everything he does….especially the movie ” A lesson before Dying” so awesome!!!

Amy on

and has never changed – always a wonderful person!

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