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Taye Diggs: My Mom Always Knew I'd Marry a White Woman!

USMagazine, Tuesday, October 4, 2011, 12:37pm (PDT)

Taye Diggs always knew Idina Menzel was The One -- but he wasn't always so sure the Broadway star's family felt the same way about him.

"When she took me home, her dad came out and I was like, 'OK, well take off that hood then and let's see," Diggs recently joked on Sway's SiriusXM radio show. "No, I'm just kidding! I said, 'You're tough with the fiery cross in your yard!'"

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All kidding aside, Diggs, 40, said he was "really lucky" to be accepted by his in-laws. "I don't know what they felt on the inside, but I was very fortunate," he explained. "They're very loving and accepting. They're great grandparents. I can't lie, I had no issues there."

Diggs' family was equally accepting of Menzel, 40.

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"My mother said, 'I told you!'" the Private Practice star laughed. "She always thought -- I hate this, but I'm being honest -- she said, 'I always knew you were gonna marry a white girl!' I hated her when I was young for saying that, but eventually, for whatever reason, that's what happened. She loves my wife."

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Though the Chocolate Me author admits he and Menzel are often criticized for their interracial romance, it hasn't affected their feelings for one another. "I get it, but that's not my trip," Diggs said. "I'm living my life and I found a woman who I love."

Married since January 2003, Diggs and Menzel are parents to son Walker Nathaniel, 2.

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