Actor Michael Ealy may be married now (cue the groans) but at least in the movies, he’s still single. In his latest, About Last Night with Kevin Hart, Regina Hall and Joy Bailey, he’s a single guy who finds love but is sabotaged by his hater friend, played by Hart. In real life, Ealy says that despite his good looks and the fact that he’s happily married now, things weren’t always so easy. The DC-born, Maryland raised actor broke hearts when he announced he was married at the end of 2012, to actress Khatira Rafiqzada, of Middle Eastern descent.
He told Rolling Out magazine earlier this year that she wasn’t “his type” but that he went with his heart. Though Ealy is now considered by anyone with working eyeballs to be gorgeous, he says a bout with acne in high school left him “paralyzingly shy.” At the University of Maryland, there was a young lady named Imani, who may be kicking herself right now because Ealy says that while he wanted to be with her, she wasn’t interested long-term.
“I tried and tried again to try and be with her,” Ealy told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “I really wanted to be in a committed relationship with her and she didn’t want it. In college, women are often attracted to upperclassmen and the Greek guys and that silliness and that wasn’t me. I was still trying to find myself.”