Kerry Washington continues to make it rain on them hoes! The Hollyweird stunner is on the cover of the newest issue of People Magazine celebrating just how far she’s come.
Walking into the after-party for her Saturday Night Live hosting gig in the wee hours of Nov. 3, Kerry Washington did something shocking: She grabbed the hand of her husband, former 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, and held it in public.
For the very private star, who wed in secret this past June after a three-year courtship she’d kept quiet even from friends, it may be out of character. But then again, she has a lot to be happy about at the moment: her loving marriage, her popular TV series, Scandal, and a baby on the way.
“Kerry’s in it to win it, and she’s winning,” her friend Joe Reinstein, who worked with her during Barack Obama’s two presidential campaigns, tells PEOPLE in its new issue, on stands Friday. “She deserves everything.”
She certainly worked hard to get it. The 36-year-old Washington – whose acclaimed turn in Scandal has made her arguably the most powerful African-American actress in Hollywood – has confessed she struggled with an eating disorder in college, bingeing and then exercising for hours.
“I used food as a way to cope,” she told Essence in 2007. “There was a lot of guilt and a lot of shame.”
In 2007, a public breakup with fiancé David Moscow taught her a hard lesson about keeping her personal life to herself. It wasn’t until she met Asomugha in 2010 that she found her match – and decided their relationship wasn’t for public consumption.
“They’re the same person,” a Washington pal says of their connection. “They have the same values, and are very close to their families.”
That’s one thing friends say will serve her well as she prepares to become a mom. “Kerry’s got her values straight,” adds Reinstein. “This is going to be one lucky kid.”
Congrats to the happy couple!
Hit the flip for details on Kerry and Nnamdi’s post-SNL date night
Kerry has been so private about her marriage that every time her hubby steps out with her it makes headlines.
Via US Weekly reports:
Late-night date night! Pregnant Kerry Washington and her top-secret husband Nnamdi Asomugha were spotted together in Manhattan over the weekend.
The expectant Scandal star, hot off her successful stint as Saturday Night Live host on Nov. 2, was the guest of honor at the show’s after party at Asellina Ristorante in NYC’S Gramercy nabe — with her NFL player husband in tow. (On Monday, Nov. 4, Asomugha was waived by the San Francisco 49ers.)
“She was adorable, as you can imagine” an observer tells Us Weekly of Washington, 36. “She was with her husband, parents and family and friends. When she arrived to the table, they gave her a standing [ovation]!”
A second source tells Us that the Emmy-nominated beauty, who stayed at the Ritz Carlton last week while rehearsing for SNL, also had her family in town to mark the big occasion. And it sounds like Washington and her spouse of four months spent Friday night in.
The actress, 36, who concealed her pregnant curves during her monologue on Saturday night, spent the evening beside her husband, 32, chatting up pals and colleagues, finally heading out around 3 a.m.
Us Weekly exclusively revealed Washington’s pregnancy last week. “She’s about four months along,” an insider told Us of the pregnant star, who is expecting her first child with the San Francisco 49ers cornerback. The elusive couple, who married in a super secret ceremony on June 24 in Hailey, Idaho, is notorious for avoiding the public eye and keeping quietly to themselves.
Well if Nnamdi doesn’t pick up a new NFL job soon at least he can be a stay at home dad, cuz we know Kerry is going to be keeping plenty busy!