Christian actors David and Tamela Mann, have paired together for 25 years and that’s off the screen pairing in Tyler Perry’s production. They get along handily and remains madly in-love even agter all these years.
When you pick up the 2014 Couples Issue of Ebony Magazine, you will see their luminous smiles brightening up the face of the storied glossy. Inside the pages, the 47-year-old’s share their secrets to happiness and longevity.
“Stay in love because when you’re in love, it covers a multitude of fault,” David told Ebony. “Our relationship wasn’t based on good sex or having a lot of money. It was based on just straight friendship. That’s what has kept us.”
Following up his remarks, Tamela added, “I pray and ask God to keep my heart and my eyes burning only for David Mann. I speak his name in my prayers, because I want the desire to stay, so when he touches me, I get chills.”
The burning love the faith community darlings share was put on display in 2013 when, in celebration of their silver wedding anniversary, they reaffirmed their vows in a lavish private ceremony at the Joule Hotel in Dallas on April 20.
Though the couple now has all the trappings of success to go along with their undying commitment, their beginnings were humble.
Tamela told US Magazine, “When we got married 25 years ago, we didn’t have enough money for a wedding.” In fact, David was unable to afford a wedding band for his lady love. So the two made their union official in the pastor’s study and sealed the deal with a borrowed ring.
But after building a strong union based on the right thing—friendship, not materialism—it was years in the making, but the two were able to have their fairytale wedding after all.
In 2013 Christian couples TD and Serita Jakes, and DeVon Franklin and Meagan Good were featured on Ebony Couples Issue Magazine’s Cover page.