Michael Ealy and Khatira Rafiqzada Celebrate 10 Years of Marriage: "I Love You Deeper Today"
Michael Ealy has been a Hollywood heartthrob for the better part of his acting career, but he's been off the market ever since he married his wife, Khatira Rafiqzada, in 2012. Not much is known about how the two first got together, but according to People, Ealy and Rafiqzada dated for nearly four years before they quietly wed in a ceremony in Los Angeles — they didn't announce their nuptials until two months later. The couple have two children together, son Elijah and daughter Harlem.
Ealy prefers to keep his marriage and personal life pretty private, but he does post photos of his family every now and then on Instagram, especially when his wife's birthday rolls around. In a March 2020 Instagram post, the actor wrote of Rafiqzada, "A rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection. The myth goes as such: at the end of it lies a pot of gold. I knew I found my gold on our 2nd date and I've been reflecting on the phenomenon that is you ever since. Happy birthday from Me and the babies. We love u deeply."
"I love you and all that we have built."
That's not the end of the couple's sweet messages to each other. On Oct. 20, Rafiqzada posted a PDA-filled photo series of her and her husband on Instagram in honor of their tenth wedding anniversary. "15 years together but today we celebrate 10 years of marriage," she wrote. "We have truly grown up together. Seen the world together. Built a home together. Built a family together! You have loved me at my worst and my best, and everything in between…and I don't take any of that for granted."
She continued: "Thank you for your patience and always showing me how important it is to work through conflict, and life's many challenges. You have taught me to never give up, always show grace, take accountability and most important, you are willing to grow and evolve with me— with us. I am so damn proud of myself for knowing back then that you are what I deserve. God knows I haven't always been good to myself but you are the best thing I've ever worked my ass off to keep! I can truly say I love you deeper today than ever before. I love you and all that we have built."
Outside of being a husband and father, Ealy is the star of Hulu's "Reasonable Doubt," which also features Emayatzy Corinealdi, McKinley Freeman, and Sean Patrick Thomas. The sexy legal drama includes a few steamy love scenes with Ealy, but his wife doesn't seem to mind too much. In fact, during a May 2019 episode of Essence's "Yes, Girl!" podcast, the actor revealed Rafiqzada's hilarious response to his previous on-camera action.
"[Meagan Good] is one of the first people I've done a love scene with that had a husband," Ealy said while promoting their movie "The Intruder." "My wife, on the other, is like 'When can I make out with somebody?' And I'm like, 'Well, if you get paid for it, I'm cool. I ain't made out for free yet,'" he added jokingly.
See pictures of Ealy and Rafiqzada ahead.