Remember Vanessa from 'Cosby Show?' She's been dating co-star for 25 years but they're not married

Cynthia Rita
Aug 17, 2018
12:21 A.M.

Former Cosby Kid Tempestt Bledsoe, 46, has been involved in a long-term relationship with Darryl Bell, Ron Johnson from “A Different World," and they don't want to make it official yet.


Darryl said in an interview a few years ago that he doesn’t mind the current status of their relationship. He also likes being the "Stedman" to her "Oprah." They started dating five years after they first officially met when Bledsoe made a guest appearance on "A Different World" in 1989.


Darryl not only appears to be happily unmarried, but he is also comfortable with the woman in his life being the breadwinner. Several years ago, the actor inherited $14 million from his father’s estate but misappropriated it all with his poor investment decisions. So it makes sense that Tempestt, a Stern School of Business graduate, is in charge of the finances.

Explaining their unconventional relationship, Darryl emphasized the need to make each other laugh:


"I think it is really important that we are able to make each other laugh. Have you noticed that some of the ugliest stand-up comedians have some of the cutest girlfriends? If you can make a woman laugh, you will find your way into her heart, I believe in the institution, too. I always say you never know what is going to happen 20 minutes from now, but, at the moment, we are happy and we have been happy, so we will see what the future brings.”


However, Tempestt’s response to People insinuated something different. Asked why they were never interested in walking down the aisle, the actress said:

“I wouldn’t say never, but we feel great about the way things are.”


Either way, she’s happy.

“This is a tough business for anyone, especially if you start out young,” she said of Hollywood. “I feel really lucky about the way things have turned out.”

The couple made an appearance on Fox’s 2009 reality show, "Househusbands of Hollywood," which showed the life of couples where the partners of successful women handled the house duties.

After five years away from the screens, Bell recently took a role on the series "Insecure," Bledsoe, on the other hand, has been out of the spotlight since 2014.

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