“The thing that came into play more, I would say — and Taye has talked about it too — is the interracial aspect of it,” Menzel shared.
The Broadway singer said their respective career successes did not impact their marriage as much as the multifaceted racial challenges they experienced.
“[Taye] was on the cover of Essence, and Ebony, and being interviewed by all of these Black journalists, and I think he had his own stuff to deal with, with that,” she added. “And it seemed like there was some disappointment in the community with him, because he was married to a little white Jewish girl.”
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Menzel said in the theater community, differences in race, ethnicity and sexual orientation didn’t impact relationships but said things changed when they left that bubble.
“So, I took that on too. That was stuff we had to deal with,” Menzel shared. “It was less about being successful and more about that stuff.”
Broadway newcomer Menzel and stage veteran Diggs met in 1995 while both starring in “Rent” as Maureen Johnson and Benjamin “Benny” Coffin III. The pair later reprised their roles in…