Vanessa from 'The Cosby Show' Celebrated 25-Year Relationship with 'Different World' Actor

Apr 10, 2019
10:42 P.M.

The iconic actress has remained in a long-term, happy relationship with her partner of over 25 years without getting married.


Tempestt Bledsoe is famous for her memorable role as Vanessa Huxtable on "The Cosby Show." The actress who has led a somewhat secluded life from the Hollywood spotlight.

She remained in a happy relationship with "A Different World" actor, Darryl M. Bell. The couple has been dating for the over past two decades and is yet to marry each other.

According to them, there are no such plans for the future. The pair met each other on the set of "A Different World," a series, which was a spin-off of "The Cosby Show."

Bell played the character Ron Johnson Jr. on the show, where the pair developed a friendship after Bledsoe made a special guest appearance.


But it was five more years before the couple actually started dating. Bledsoe and Bell haven’t tied the wedding knot the yet, but their relationship goes strong every single day.

Bell and Bledsoe live together but they have remained happily unmarried with the actress looking after the couple’s finances.

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images


The pair showed their strong bond while appearing on Fox’s reality show, "Househusbands of Hollywood."

Bell’s reluctance to look after the financial part of the family should not come as a surprise to many. Bell was once sued for the misappropriation of his $14 million inheritance.

He is also accused of plunging his father’s business with his bad investment decisions.

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images


The couple has maintained that the key to their happiness is that they can easily make each other laugh.

Despite not being bound by any legal or matrimonial relationship, the pair has managed to stay together for so long because they find a way into each other’s heart through humor.

“I think it is that 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," Bell explained.

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images


The actor added: “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.”

In another interview, Bledsoe echoed what Bell stated and further elaborated that the two of them are simply compatible. She said:

“People ask us what it is. I think a lot of couples find themselves together and find out that they are not really a good match. And laughter is also very important.”

Source: Getty Images

Source: Getty Images


However, Bledsoe hinted that she hasn’t denied marrying altogether. The plans may be possible in the future, but currently, they are comfortable in the way their relationship is going.

Bledsoe started her career at an early age. After rising to fame as one of the Cosby kids, she made a switch to hosting her own talk show, "The Tempestt Bledsoe Show" in the mid-90s.

She made other popular appearances in "The Practice," "South of Nowhere," and "The Replacements."

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Bruce Willis' 'Big Gang of Women' Stands by Him amid His Aphasia Diagnosis — His Blended Family

April 01, 2022

Lisa Whelchel Was Married for 24 Years to Pastor & 'Never Thought' Divorce Would Happen to Her

March 27, 2022

Tom Brady & Pregnant Bridget Moynahan Split - She Wed Husband at Secret Ceremony 9 Years Later

February 20, 2022

Inside Ina Garten's Decision to Not Have Kids with Husband of 53 Years Whom She Met at 15

March 20, 2022

Reba McEntire & Boyfriend Were Friends for 29 Years — She Felt Like a 'Giddy Teenager' When They Began Dating

February 26, 2022

Cameron Diaz Had Her Daughter at 47 After Nothing ‘Worked Out’ - She Thought She Would Be a Mom of 2 by 21

January 05, 2023

Jason Momoa & Lisa Bonet Are Trying to Fix Their 17-Year Relationship after Split, Report Says

March 03, 2022

Michael J Fox Was ‘Isolating’ Himself From Wife of 34 Years & Kids - She Helped Him to Become Part Of Family Again

March 19, 2022

Ron Howard Was Most Concerned about His Kids' Values — Inside His Decision to Protect Them

April 26, 2022

Ellen DeGeneres' Wife of 13 Years 'Didn't Want to Be a Lesbian' until She Was Charmed by the TV Host

March 15, 2022

Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr Are Married for 19 Years Now after Accidental First Date

February 27, 2022

Inside Al Pacino's Love Story with Beverly D'Angelo: They Have Twins

March 10, 2022

David Hasselhoff, 69, 'Didn't Think It Was Right to Marry' Hayley Roberts , 42, Who Waited 7 Years for Wedding

March 11, 2022

Lauren Graham Tended to Avoid Handsome-Actor Types until She Fell in Love with Peter Krause

March 15, 2022