Three months after losing her great aunt during the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Garcelle Beauvais was served with yet another shock. Her talent agent husband (Mike Nilon) of 9 years had been having an affair with another woman in Chicago for the last 5 years. Now that her divorce has been finalized, the 44 year-old actress opened up to JET magazine and shared how she was able to get through these two life-rocking events:
On how losing her family member inspired her:
I did a short film, called Eyes to See, a lot of charity and raising money. My family in Miami is doing everything: sending coats, sending supplies. A lot of people have stepped up for Haiti. In that, there is so much hope.
On her feelings when she discover her husband cheating:
I couldn’t believe this was happening to me. Not because I am special, but because I have such high regard for people, especially the people in my ife. When I love, I love deeply. When I trust, I trust deeply. I wasn’t this wife that was in complete denial. I think he presented himself a certain way that allowed me to have full faith in him.
On moving forward and future outlook:
I’m an optimistic person by nature…I cannot believe that this has happened to me and there isn’t something better coming my way. Life takes you where you need to go. There’s gotta be hope otherwise there’s no reason to get up the next morning.
You can read the rest of the interview in the June 6, 2011 issue of JET magazine, which is in stores now!