Jennifer Pfautch: Life Drama and Other Facts about Omari Hardwick's Wife

Actor Omari Hardwick, known as James St. Patrick on “Power,” has been married to Jennifer Pfautch since 2012. Their romance has been surrounded by drama, unfortunately.

Born in 1974, Omari’s career in the entertainment industry began in 2002 on “Circles.” Although he kept getting roles in different films and TV shows, the most important one came in 2006, when he landed the role of John “Sack” Hallon on “Saved.”

Omari Hardwick and Jennifer Pfautch on August 20, 2019 in New York City | Source: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

Omari Hardwick and Jennifer Pfautch on August 20, 2019 in New York City | Source: Getty Images/Global Images Ukraine

Omari Hardwick’s movies

From that point on, Omari’s fame has been increasing, taking main parts in “Dark Blue,” “Being Mary Jane,” “Sorry to Bother You,” and, starting in 2014, “Power.”

His portrayal of James St. Patrick, a.k.a. Ghost, has been so good that it got him a BET Award nomination in 2017. Omari Hardwick’s wife, Jennifer Pfautch, has been supporting him for a long time.

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& so she prayed......... for a man born under perhaps the same zodiac star as hers. She prayed that this man accept his star. & UNAPOLOGETICALLY. After hearing a sermon from Rev. John Gray on dominion....This woman (you...Jaebird) asked that God allow this man (me) to embrace my dominion over my walk within this industry. 🙏🏽. In all the roles i would one day play. In front of the camera & behind. Dominion is defined by words of synonymous weight & merit. Words like power. You prayed that I’d embrace the power that you believed awaited, but that you knew i was apologetically born with already. You & The Big Man up top must have a cool shorthand between one another because those prayers of yours were answered very shortly after. We ALL have a power in our OWN right. The more you have, however; the more duty, the more “clock in” is required. Mine came in the form of a job with that title. #Power. Then eventually God brought it in the form of my abnormally high octane quantity of spiritual, mental, physical & emotional gifts...being shared with legions of people. Including the most significant of these gifts shared....YOU🤜🏽🦅🤛🏼 Speaking of OWN.... hats off to you @oprahmagazine for recognizing that which her fans all do....the power of Jae & the journey she has shared with so many even when received with push back.👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 @mrsjaeh ...your journey has marched forward in grace class, love, compassion, & resilience. A journey NO doubt #PoweredByGod 👆🏽A journey that included dealing with the complexities of ALL the ghOsts in me when the cameras were down...for like 1,080 days. #GodGotTheLongestRedCarpet #HesTheOnlyInterviewerOnIt #ThePrayerOFaMamaBear👣👣👣🦅🦅🦅🚀🚀🚀🎯🎯🎯. We love love love you Mama bear 🎬 _______________________________ The grooming: @billieegene @staycaked @ryancunninghamhair The fits: @dapperdanharlem The Power: @God

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Jennifer Pfautch and Omari Hardwick’s relationship

Although they have been married for more than seven years, details of their relationship before walking down the aisle are scarce, to say the least. The same can be said about Jennifer’s early life.

Thanks to the Magazine of California Lutheran University, we learned that she was born in 1982, that she got a Communication major, and that she interned at NBC’s Primetime Entertainment Publicity Department in Burbank, California.

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I took this photo on a day where my insides couldn’t calm down no matter what I made my body do. I took it so that I could look at myself and physically see that I was fine and that the shortness of breath, the tight chest, the racing heart was indeed there, but so was I, still standing, still in control, still working with my body and this resurgence of anxiety that I thought I conquered years ago. Life brings you different seasons. Seasons bring you different obstacles...some new, others you know and wish you never had to see again. I shared in my stories a few weeks ago, that I’ve been in process since losing my Dad in January. Grief has a way of sneaking up on you at inconvenient times, in uncomfortable ways...for me, anxiety has been one such way. I have been able to manage the hard times in the last 8 months the same way I have throughout my life...meditation, prayer, exercise. BUT this is different. I wasn’t making progress. I’m now back seeing a licensed therapist so that I can learn different more advanced skills to work through this season that life asked me to experience. I’m writing all of this because so many others need to reach out for help. Help so that they can be the best them mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I wasn’t raised believing in going to therapy, counseling or the like. I was taught to pray and that has served me well, but not fullly, so I added therapy when something in life gets to be too much (I also went after delivering our first son stillborn in 2008). There’s no shame in needing help, only denying yourself the gift of help. Strength isn’t NOT needing help, but needing help and having the courage to ask for it. #WorldMentalHealthDay #AskForHelp #MentalHealthAwareness #Anxiety #ThisIsMe

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Judging by her LinkedIn profile, she started working as an assistant in the Creative Artists Agency in 2004. She later moved on to the Paradigm Talent Agency to work as a publicist.

While it is not confirmed, it is believed that Omari and Jennifer Pfautch met each other thanks to her job as a publicist.

Jennifer and Omari’s wedding

Details of the couple’s wedding are also rare, unfortunately. However, Jennifer and Omari Hardwick have uploaded some photos on Instagram celebrating their anniversary, which leads to the conclusion that they tied the knot on May 4, 2012.

Given the fact that Omari is Black and Jennifer is White, some people have been complaining about the couple’s interracial relationship.

Back in July 2017, one of his Instagram followers wrote in one of his posts that he “lost points” for marrying a White woman. The netizen pointed out, though, that she “still got” him.

Omari probably had had enough of those racist comments at the point, so he clapped back with:

“I’d prefer you not have me. You just lost all points with me. Good luck in life.”

Omari's response to a netizen judging his interracial relationship | Source: Instagram/omarihardwickofficial

Omari's response to a netizen judging his interracial relationship | Source: Instagram/omarihardwickofficial

Jennifer Pfautch’s asking for support

Shortly after the uncomfortable experience, Jennifer uploaded a photo in which she urged women to support each other instead of putting them down. In the caption, she wrote:

“Ladies, we are so much better together, than wasting our energy trying to stay separate. None of us are the same. None of us have identical experiences. … Openness, compassion and a willingness to grow are prerequisites for creating a unconquerable sisterhood.”

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My blood Sister sent me this. I couldn't agree more. Others of you, who are not my blood, but sisters all the same, have sent me equally powerful messages. I'm truly developing a tribe of women that most of whom I have never met. I am beyond thankful for each of you and wish I could hug your neck. Know that I pray for you. Ladies, we are so much better together, than wasting our energy trying to stay separate. None of us are the same. None of us have identical experiences. Life has kicked each of our asses more than once, and if it hasn't, unfortunately, just wait. We need each other. Openness, compassion and a willingness to grow are prerequisites for creating a unconquerable #sisterhood. I've said it before, life is not an audition or a competition - God has written each of our days prior to us living even one. Love your own uniqueness while celebrating others for theirs. Girls compete. Women empower. I don't love you any less regardless of the category you fall in. I want the best for you, even if you wish the worst for me. I pray you discover the indescribable freedom that comes when you truly understand that there is no competition for your life and lane. My victories don't take from you, just as much as yours don't take from anyone else. Let's allllllll grow to empower one another as if we were blind. God bless each of you reading these words, whether you choose to bless me or not.

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Despite all the negativity that the couple has faced, they have had two children so far: daughter Nova and son Brave. In a 2017 interview, Omari talked about his and Jennifer Pfautch’s kids.

He said that “Super Nova,” as he called his daughter, was almost five years old at that point, which means that she was born in 2013. As per “Brave Boy,” Omari said that he was “two years and five months,” meaning that he was born in February 2015.

Jennifer and Omari’s children

The actor admitted that Nova walked “so much later” than her brother but started talking “so much earlier” than Brave. According to his experience, boys are a little bit slower on the development in terms of speaking, but their motor skills are “off the chart.”

He joked about another “off-the-chart” aspect in boys: the level of craziness and insanity. Kelly Ripa, the host of the show and mother of two sons and a daughter, replied with, “Oh, just you wait,” implying that the craziness had just started.

Unfortunately, facing backlash is not the only negative situation that the Hardwicks have gone through. Omari’s sister Shani Hardwick passed away when she was just 33 years old.

The actor’s brother, Malik Hardwick, passed away at 45. So far, Omari has only one brother alive, Jamil Hardwick. He is married and has a child. Even though the causes of the death of his siblings are unknown, he once tweeted about the feeling.

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Let’s go have some fun, son ♥️#HardwickBoyz

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Omari on losing his first child

Omari also mentioned losing a child. While in an interview with Lance Gross, he said that his first child with his then-girlfriend was stillborn, a fact that left a significant gap in his life.

Thankfully, he managed to overcome such a difficult situation and is now focused on spending as much time with his family as possible.

As per his career, he is focused on “Power” but has also accepted some roles in different films. “Army of the Dead,” which is expected to hit theaters in 2020, is Omari’s latest gig as an actor.

Throughout the years and all his acting credits, he has received a lot of money. Omari Hardwick’s net worth is estimated at $5 million.

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