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Yahoo commenters applaud Denzel Washington’s advice for a long and happy marriage

Denzel Washington and his wife, Pauletta, have been married for 35 years. What’s the secret to their lasting relationship? The actor spills his secret, and Yahoo readers are smitten with the answer.

The Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actor gushed about wife: “My wife has made our house a home,” Washington told People in an exclusive interview, “and raised these beautiful kids and protected them and sacrificed for them. She did the heavy lifting.”

When asked what makes a marriage work for more than three decades, he joked: “I do what I’m told. I keep my mouth shut.”

Yahoo commenters had nothing but praise for the happy couple: “This comment makes me like him even more.” Another reader wrote, “Now, I wanna marry him!”

Several commenters invoked an age-old adage to summarize the actor’s advice — “Happy wife, happy life!” — with some fans even comparing him to another wise public figure: “Such wisdom. Right up there with Yoda.”

While most commenters were impressed by the longevity of the relationship (“In Hollywood years, that’s like saying they been together 100 years!!!!”), some felt Denzel’s advice doesn’t work for everyone: “I sincerely tried this approach; however, my kindness was taken as weakness.”

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