He is not just popular for his exceptional movie roles, he is also a singer whose enchanting voice has softened the hardest of hearts. He is none other than Taye Diggs, the black American making waves in the entertainment industry.
Taye whose name comes from the nicknaming of Scotty as “Scott-Taye” was born on January 2, 1971, in Newark, New Jersey. He is one of the black celebrities with the toughest childhood amidst white children. He recalls in interviews how he was called all kinds of names by his peers, causing him to have complex issues. He is dark and handsome but the latter characteristic was never appreciated by his friends.
It may have been a matter of talent for Diggs but this talent was strongly supported by the kind of institutions he passed through. He started out as a student in a performing arts high school. A complex-ridden Diggs soon grew his confidence in the school as he moved from places to places where he did lots of arts performances. After the school of arts, he proceeded to Syracuse University where he earned a BFA in musical theatre and kicked off his professional career.
Diggs story won’t be complete without the mention of his personal life which has been a center of attraction. Many know about the actor and singer but know little about his family.
Taye Diggs’ Wife, Son, Divorce
A platonic friendship between two colleagues soon turned into a sweet romance. Taye Diggs and singer Idina Menzel took their love to the next level when they got married in 2003 becoming an alluring pair in the entertainment industry. Their lovely union produced a son Walker Nathaniel Diggs.
Taye met Idina in 1995 on the set of the Broadway musical Rent where he played the role of Benjamin Coffin and Idina, the role of Maureen Johnson. For those who do not know, Idina featured as the main character in Disney Animation musical film Frozen where she voiced ‘Queen Elsa’ and sang the Oscar- and Grammy Award-winning song Let It Go.
Things later grew sour between Diggs and Menzel somewhere along the line and the couple resorted to filing for a divorce in 2013. They immediately separated as they amicably sorted out parts of the agreements of their divorce, especially the custody of their son.
Their separation was devoid of drama and any form of public confrontations. According to some sources, Idina and Taye got entangled with the necessities of their respective careers and needed to face them squarely.
They finalized their divorce in 2014 and both parties peacefully went their separate ways after their marriage of 10 years.
Taye moved on after the divorce and started a new relationship with another woman, Amanza Smith Brown who is a mother of two. He made appearances with his new girlfriend at several awards shows including the 2014 BET Awards at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre.
Is Taye Diggs Gay or Straight?
Here are the many reasons this question often pops up on the internet. The actor’s mysterious divorce from his ex-wife Idina Menzel caused many to question his sexuality.
It wasn’t just that, sometime in 2017, Taye Diggs posted a revealing photo of himself on Instagram. The photo which was a rear view of the actor showed his bare buttocks in a mirror reflection. The erotic photo also showed a shirt knot tied to the back of his waist – some striking gay signs indeed. As expected the racy photo sparked gay rumors about the actor with many doubting his often portrayed straight sexuality.
There’s more, Diggs pulled off a dashing performance at an episode of Lip Sync Battle where he paid tribute to the legendary, Grammy-winning Dirrrty diva, Christina Aguilera. Diggs wore a female costume to perform Cristina’s Candyman and completely left lots of appraisals and some gay suspicions in the minds of the wowed audience and the general public as well.
The same goes for his many Broadway performances where he effortlessly transfigures into any character male or female. Though he often speaks to jest, the actor and singer have also made some gay comments to paparazzi and interviewers.
But then Diggs has never affirmed to being a homosexual. He is straight and has got his past and present relationships to prove it.
His Height, Weight, and Measurements
Diggs is not just facially good looking but has got a handsome body that suits his cute face. He stands at 5ft 10″ and weighs 80 kg. The actor and singer with dark brown eyes, wears a size 10 (US) for his shoes. He’s also got the right muscular body that beautifies his masculine stature.