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Ryan Michelle Bathe Is Sterling K. Brown's Flawless Wife and Mom of Their 2 Kids — Meet Her

Edduin Carvajal
May 23, 2021
04:10 A.M.
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Actor Sterling K. Brown has been married to “First Wives Club” star Ryan Michelle Bathe for over a decade. They have plenty of things in common, including being born in the same hospital.

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Most celebrity couples’ love stories are the same: they meet while working on a project together and fall in love in the process. However, Ryan Michelle Bathe and Sterling K. Brown’s romance is quite different.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in July 1976, Bathe was raised in Stanford, Connecticut. She attended Stanford University for her undergraduate degree, where Brown was also a student.

Ryan Michelle Bathe on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California | Photo: Getty Images

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BROWN AND BATHE’S LOVE STORY

In 1998, they met in their undergraduate dorm and connected right away. Since Bathe was dating someone at the time, they kept things friendly, but they’ve always meant to be together.

After talking for a while, they found out that their parents studied at rival high schools, were both from St. Louis, and even were born in the same hospital.

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Eventually, Bathe left the man she was dating, and things between her and Brown began heating up. During their time in college, they dated on and off.

They graduated from Stanford with acting degrees and moved to New York, where they got their MFAs from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. By the early 2000s, Brown and Bathe began getting noticed in Hollywood.

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In Ryan Michelle Bathe’s husband’s case, he appeared in “Brown Sugar,” “Trust the Man,” and “Stay.” On the other hand, Bathe landed parts in “ER,” “Brother to Brother,” and “Half & Half.”

The now-married couple decided to give love another try in 2004, tied the knot in 2007, and have been together ever since. Unfortunately, things have not always been a walk in the park.

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POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

When Sterling K. Brown’s wife gave birth to her first son, she felt terrible for not losing her baby weight “fast enough.” The actress pointed out that she had many beautiful things in her life, including a newborn, but she couldn’t stop feeling bad about her figure.  

Ryan Michelle Bathe even thought she’d ruined her career as she was afraid of never being sexy again. She kept thinking she should have prepared better for the pregnancy.

According to the actress, date nights are mandatory in a relationship.

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All those negative thoughts turned into postpartum depression seven months after her son’s birth. Still, she didn’t know she was depressed, so she would just repeat a mantra: “I’ve got to get it together.”

It didn’t help much as she started feeling she couldn’t be a good mom or protect baby Andrew the way she was supposed to. At one point, Bathe considered her baby deserved a better mother

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Her negative thoughts also affected her relationship with Brown as she would get angry at him for not gaining weight or keeping his career going. Her depression lasted over two years, but it all got better with her second son.

With Ryan Michelle Bathe’s baby Amare, she realized “there is no going back.” Fortunately, the actress is much better now, and she would have sought professional help had she known it was postpartum depression.

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KEEPING THEIR MARRIAGE GOING

Bathe and Sterling make up one of the most beautiful couples in Hollywood. Still, they went through another challenging period after being unable to go on date nights due to their packed schedules. 

According to the actress, date nights are mandatory in a relationship, and it is one of the things she and her husband have been doing to keep their romance strong.

Bathe has also been candid about her husband’s love language, and it’s all about time spent. She revealed Brown would frequently call her to check in and ask about her day, friends, and family. 

Nowadays, Sterling K. Brown and Ryan Michelle Bathe, who once revealed they wouldn’t use corporal punishment on their kids, have thriving careers and a beautiful family.

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