Billy Porter of 'Pose' Has Been Married to Adam Smith since 2017 - Here's a Glimpse into Their Sweet Love Story

Billy Porter of "Pose" has been making headlines due to his bold red carpet looks, but not a lot of people know about his marriage to Adam Smith, with whom he's been married to since 2017. 

Billy Porter has been married to Adam Smith for three years now, and their love story is nothing short of amazing, using their challenges as building blocks to strengthen their relationship. 

Porter and Smith wanted to get married while under former President Barack Obama's administration.

Billy Porter and Adam Smith attend a red carpet event together | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Billy Porter and Adam Smith attend a red carpet event together | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine


Porter and Smith met in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan, quickly getting along. At the time, Smith had just moved to New York from Los Angeles, where he co-owns an eyewear brand. While things were quick to start between the two, they ended their relationship after a year because they were "too casual."

For five years from 2010 to 2015, they remained friends and kept in touch. In fact, at one point, Porter told his therapist: "Now I know what love looks like, and it just walked out the door." 


After realizing what they meant to each other, they gave love another chance and reunited in 2015. By January 2017, they got married, with Porter proposing while they were in London. Although the timing was off, Smith said yes.

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Two weeks after the proposal, they got married just four days prior to President Donald Trump's inauguration. Porter and Smith wanted to get married while under former President Barack Obama's administration, and they did just that in Manhattan. 


Billy Porter has been living the life, and he has a supportive husband to guide him along the way. The Broadway actor has made history, after becoming the first openly-gay African-American man to receive an Emmy nomination for "Lead Actor in a Drama Series." 

Aside from his nomination, his show also received a nomination for "Outstanding Drama Series," and two more for creative Emmys in hairstyling, makeup, and costumes. 

His hit show, "Pose," is set in the late '80s and early '90s in New York City, showing the underground ballroom culture and the challenges and difficulties faced by the LGBTQ community at the time, which included AIDS and their fight for equality. 

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