Empire Actor Derek Luke Defends His Latina Wife

dlukeActor Derek Luke has been happily married to his wife Sophia Adella Luke (nee Hernandez) for 17 years. They have been solid, but their relationship has been rubbing his African-American fans the wrong way. The Empire actor is defending being married to a Latina after some fans have criticized him for “marrying outside his race.”

With social media as prevalent as it is, fans have taken to posting comments on Luke’s Instagram account complaining of his wife being Hispanic and not African-American.
He said the comments about his wife being of another race were “bugging me out.”
“I never usually entertain the opinions of others because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. (Positive or Negative),” Luke wrote in an Instagram post sharing a photo with his wife. “But we’re in the year of 2015 & when should it be a ‘problem’ to date outside your race? Why is that an issue AGAIN?”
He continued: “Who one chooses to date is that person’s business. Instead of focusing on (Happiness) & (pure Love) for some reason folks are still focuses on (Color). Doesn’t make sense to me. But I guess that’s the ignorance of OTHERS.”
Luke said Sofia might not be black but “she is mine.”
“And she’s mine with a heart of gold,” he wrote. “People are so quick to judge but can’t even distinguish the difference of another’s race. Sophia Luke is Hispanic. She’s not white, she’s not black, she’s not Chinese, she’s Hispanic. And she’s mine!!”


I never usually entertain the opinions of others because everyone is entitled to they’re own opinion. (Positive or Negative) But we’re in the year of 2015 & when should it be a “problem” to date outside of your race? Why is that an issue AGAIN? I’m doing the unusual & going through my comments & the comments I see about my wife being another race is bugging me out. Who one chooses to date is that persons business. Instead of focusing on (Happiness) & (pure Love) for some reason some folks are still focused on (Color). Doesn’t make any sense to me. But I guess that’s the ignorance of OTHERS. My wife may not be Black but she is mine. And she’s mine with a heart of gold. People are so quick to judge but can’t even distinguish the difference of another’s race. Sophia Luke is Hispanic. She’s not white, she’s not black, she’s not Chinese, she’s Hispanic. And she’s mine!!

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