**‘I Don’t Refute Them Because I Don’t Talk About My Personal Life’
Kerry Washington has finally opened up about her marriage. Well, kind of.
The notoriously private Scandal star, who is married to Philadelphia Eagles player Nnamdi Asomugha, discussed all things social media during SXSW’s “The New Rules of Social Stardom” panel on Sunday – including why she never commented on divorce rumors that swirled at the end of last year.
“If I don’t talk about my personal life, it means I don’t talk about my personal life,” she said. “That means not only did I not tell you when I was getting married, it also means if somebody has rumors about what’s going on in my marriage, I don’t refute them, because I don’t talk about my personal life.”
The 39-year-old actress secretly tied the knot with the 34-year-old NFL star in June 2013, and less than a year later, they welcomed their first daughter, Isabelle Amarachi.
Still, Washington says she understands why other celebrities use Twitter or Facebook to set the record straight.
“Social media has actually been great for relationships with the weeklies or the gossip sites, because people say things and they say, ‘That’s not true! Just so you know, that’s B.S.!’” she explained. “I’m thinking in some ways, it’s been great because people are able to maintain their voice.”
The other thing Washington won’t do is post pictures of Isabelle on Twitter, where she has 3.8 million followers, or Instagram, where she has over 2 million fans. But the temptation is there!
“I have these itchy fingers where I want to post a photo of my daughter, so instead I send it to my shrink or my mother,” she revealed. “I’m like, ‘Look at this picture! Look how cute!’ Get it out of my phone into the world, but not on social.”
“I want her to be able to make those decisions in her time,” she explained. “She already has a lot to navigate in life as the daughter of an actor and a former football player. She should be able to enter this world when it feels right for her, and not [have me] make that decision for her. Who knows what the next generation of Snapchat will be when she’s allowed to have a phone.”