Marriages are becoming far more colorful. And this is a fact. According to the new U.S. census data released on Wednesday as CNN is reporting —”one in every 10 American opposite-sex married couples (is) saying they’re of mixed races.” Back in 2000, the figure was closer to 7%.
Decades ago, it was less common to see a couple from different racial backgrounds not just getting together but marrying and having kids. But now, it is becoming far more acceptable. CNN notes that, “analysts suggest the new figures could reflect U.S. population shifts, broader social acceptance of such unions.” And one factor? Seeing celebrity couple of from different ethnicities marrying and starting families, making these unions more public. Plus the most famous man in the land our own president is the result of a mixed-race marriage.
America is a melting pot and our hues are constantly shifting and changing. Check out these 12 interracial couple whose love is colorblind.
1. Ellen Pompeo and Chris Ivery
Ellen Pompeo and hubby Chris Ivery didn’t meet at some industry party — they met at a grocery store. The two had a gorgeous baby girl, Stella Luna, in 2009.
2. Seal and Heidi Klum
These two were a striking couple, but sadly, after three children together the two called it quits earlier this year.
3. Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett
Playboy bunny and reality star Kendra Wilkinson met her future hubby and her future baby daddy at the Playboy mansion. She’s long since moved out and the two welcomed a baby boy, Hank Jr., in 2009.
4. Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel
Taye Diggs mom once joked about his union with Idina Menzel saying, “I always knew you would marry a white woman!” Taye also stated that “love has no color” and that their family is happy. Taye and Idina have a son named Walkter.
5. Paula Patton and Robin Thicke
Crooner Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton are a gorgeous pair and have been for quite a while; the two met and dated in high school!
6. Robert DeNiro and Grace Hightower
DeNiro and Hightower have had a rocky relationship but are proving that love can conquer all. The two were married in 1997, had a son in 1998, broke up in 1999, got back together and renewed their vows in 2004. In December of 2011, the couple welcomed a baby girl via a surrogate.
7. Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez
Halle Berry is now engaged to the French actor Olivier Martinez, but before they became a couple, she was with (and a child with) model Gabriel Aubry. Halle herself if from a mixed race family.
8. David Bowie and Iman
Supermodel Iman and superstar David Bowie are seriously super. Iman was born in Somali while Bowie was born in England. The two call New York City and London home and have been married since 1992.
9. Alfre Woodward and Roderick Spencer
Actress Alfre Woodward is married to writer Roderick Spencer, the two have two children, Mavis and Duncan and in 2010, daughter Mavis served as a Miss Golden Globes.
10. Sidney Poitier and Joanna Shimkus
Sidney Poitier has been married to his wife Joanna Shimkus for 35 years. They have two daughters, Anika and Sydney. And you may recall the critically acclaimed film about interracial dating that Poitier starred in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
11. Laura Dern and Ben Harper
Sadly, Laura Dern and Ben Harper broke up last year. The two married in 2005 and have two children together.
12. Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault
The census data states that the most common interracial pairings are between Hispanics and non-Hispanics. A high profile example of that? Mexican born Salma Hayek and her French husband Francois-Henri Pinault.