Tisha Campbell has a new show on Netflix called Uncoupled which stars Neil Patrick Harris as his character learns to rebuild his life after a breakup with his long-term partner. While Tisha’s character may not be going through a breakup, the veteran actress has had a similar experience in real life. The Martin star divorced the L.A.’s Finest star Duane Martin after 22 years of marriage and 27 years together in total. Soon after the divorce was finalized, Tisha claimed that Duane left her with $7 to her name but now she is in the restoration phase of her life.
The beloved actress sat down with Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning and talked about life after divorce.
“One of the things that goes through your mind is who am I outside of this person?” she said. “I took marriage, my wifely duties…and being a mother, that was at the forefront of everything. Career came second. I had to find myself.”
Tisha began acting in her childhood and has had memorable and iconic roles throughout her extensive career in films like School Daze and House Party as well as TV shows like My Wife and Kids and Martin. The 53-year-old is also a mother to two boys, 20-year-old Xen, and 12-year-old Ezekial. Her divorce was finalized in 2020 and during that time she shared that she went through the “five stages of grief.”
“It was complete devastation. It was disbelief, it was anger at times. It was literally five stages of grief, and then there was more than acceptance,” she said. “It was acceptance of myself, I’m stronger than I really knew, and it was getting rid of any baggage, setting boundaries for myself.”
But the actress was able to get to the other side of the grief and focus on what she loves, which is entertaining people. Along with her new Netflix series, she also joined Martin Lawrence and the cast of the 90’s hit show Martin for a reunion, and last year, she and her bestie Tichina Arnold hosted the 2021 Soul Train Awards.
“God kept giving me something. He kept paving the way for me and kept gifting me all these wonderful miracles,” she said. “I never understood what faith was until I was at absolute zero. I thought faith was getting on your knees, praying, and getting up and doing the work until I could not do anything and my hands were tied behind my back, or up in the air, and there was nothing I could do. That’s when I understood, things were going to work out because He’s going to work it out.”
For years, Tisha had been known both professionally and personally as the hyphenated Tisha Campbell-Martin. In May of this year, she made the decision to change her last name back to her maiden name, Tisha Campbell. In an interview with Bustle, she shared, "When you first break up, there are a lot of different feelings. Some people might feel anger, some people might feel vengeful, and some people might feel uncomfortable because there are a lot of lows when it first happens.”
She continued, “But then you start to understand the journey, and how beautiful it is when you come out of it and how hopeful the future is. When you discover yourself — your true self — oh my god, it’s so sexy! It really is. Yo, I’m so joyful. Joy is a badass bitch.”
Real Talk w/ Tisha Campbell On Moving Forward, Martin, Putting Yourself First + Success
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