Meagan Good And DeVon Franklin Are Filing For Divorce After Nine Years Of Marriage. “There’s no one at fault, we believe this is the next best chapter in the evolution of our love,” they said in a joint statement to TODAY.
Actor Meagan Good and her husband, producer DeVon Franklin, have filed for divorce after nine years of marriage.
“After much prayer and consideration, we have decided to go into our futures separately but forever connected,” they told TODAY in a joint statement. “We celebrate almost a decade of marriage together and a love that is eternal. There’s no one at fault, we believe this is the next best chapter in the evolution of our love.”
The duo added, “We are incredibly grateful for the life-changing years we’ve spent together as husband and wife. We are also extremely thankful to God for the testimony being created inside us both and for blessing our lives with each other.”
In June 2012, Good and Franklin got married in Malibu, California. Last Wednesday, TODAY spoke with Good about her latest role as Camille Parks in “Harlem,” and she said that Franklin was so happy to see her take on a role that she was so “excited” about.
“Oh, he was excited because he knew that I was excited,” she shared. “I explained the character to him and he had heard some of the lines and stuff and he was like, this is going to be amazing for you, you know? And since then, he’s seen the episodes and he definitely had a great laugh.”
In “Harlem,” Good plays the role of Camille, “an adjunct professor at Columbia who teaches the anthropology of love and sex.”
As she navigates life as a Black woman in New York, Camille learns how difficult it is to date other educated professionals of color while striving to succeed at work and save her neighborhood from gentrification.
At the time, the “Think Like a Man” actor said that she can relate to Camille because she was once a single woman herself.
“I remember exactly what it was like and what some of those experiences were like,” Good said about her character who seemed like she couldn’t catch a break with her own love life. “I mean, just finding something that says OK, I can relate to this character, I relate to what she’s experiencing, what she’s going through, and just living and breathing that experience. As long as it’s coming from a truthful place, it kind of just happens.”
In June, Good and Franklin celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary by writing each other sweet shout-outs on Instagram.
“To the love of my life, my husband, purpose partner, Happy Anniversary!! This makes #9 and eternity you go! You are the best decision I’ve ever made (besides loving Jesus lol). I love you with everything inside me. In this life and in the next,” Good shared alongside a slideshow of pics of them together.
Franklin posted a photo of him and Good on the beach and wrote, “Do you know what today is Do you know what today is? It’s our anniversary. It’s our, it’s our special day. Anniversary. Do you know what today is? It’s our anniversary. Made for you and me” — Tony! Toni! Tone! I love you my love. Happy Anniversary #9.”
The couple also worked on a book together titled “The Wait” in 2015. In the book, Franklin reveals that prior to their marriage he had been celibate for 10 years and Good had been celibate for one.
The “Harlem” actress told us back in 2016, “I no longer wanted to be a girlfriend, I wanted a husband.”
But she also told us, some things would always stay the same.
“Me being married to a man of ministry, people saw me as a first lady of the church, and said I should now conduct myself in that manner,” she said. “[But] I have been acting since I was 4, so wearing sexy dresses on the red carpet is never going to change.”
1. 2011: They Meet
The couple reportedly first crossed paths while working on the film ‘Jumping the Broom.’ Good was one of the stars of course, and Franklin was an executive for the distribution company that released the project. She said she knew he was meant to be her husband early on because God told her so — while she was in an unhealthy relationship with someone else. “The first thing God told me was that it was time to get out of that relationship. The second thing that God told me was that it was time to be celibate. The third thing God told me was that Devon was my husband.”
2. 2012: They Marry
In spring 2012 they became engaged. By June of that year, the couple said “I do” at a winery in Malibu. The couple was celibate leading up to their wedding, and just a couple of years ago, Good said that was something she believed strengthened their bond. “I believe that it helps because the relationship wasn’t based on physicality and I think sometimes when that leads the relationship and that type of connection, I think sometimes you can’t really see clearly and you settle for things that you wouldn’t settle for during long term,” she told Parade. “And you don’t really realize that until three or four years down the line.”
3. 2013: They Deal With Church Critics
With Franklin being a Seventh-Day Adventist minister, there were expectations put on Good by some. They believed, as his wife, she needed to carry herself a certain way. When they attended the BET Awards together in 2013 and she hit the red carpet in a plunging blue gown, the blowback was strong and truly impacted the actress. “It was a full-on assault, and it went on for years—when I got dressed up for Halloween, or for any event,” she told The Daily Beast earlier this year. “I never stopped being who I was, but I definitely had the trauma of ‘I know I’m going out in front of the firing squad.’ I’m never going to stop having control over who I am if I feel I’m right with God, but I hate that I feel I’m bracing myself for impact.”
4. 2015: They Release a Book — And Deal With More Critics
In 2015, the two took their experiences and used them to write the book The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love. It was a New York Times bestseller that shared how waiting for everything in matters of love, not just sex, could be the key to making it last. They dealt with haters during their press tour, but Franklin didn’t hesitate to stand up for Good against the “put some clothes on” squad. “No, no. That is not what we are here for,” he said as she wiped away tears. “She is not going to cover up. She will wear what she wants to wear in the name of Jesus. Amen. Yes, she will.”
5. 2019: They Talk Family Planning
The couple appeared on ‘The Dr. Oz Show’ to talk about their decision to wait on having children and Good freezing her eggs after about seven years of marriage. After wanting to wait, as the actress had been career-oriented, the couple seemed ready to try and expand. “We’ve had this dialogue about having kids. And I’ve wanted kids and she wasn’t ready and then there were times we were talking about it,” he told Dr. Oz. “As I’ve come on the show and we’ve been friends for years, you always encouraged us to freeze eggs. And so we did that. At the beginning of the year, we froze eggs and we probably wouldn’t have done it without your urging. So thank you.”
6. Early 2021: Good Says She Wants To Start a Family in Her 40s
After saying they were ready in 2021, Good shared that she was now ready ready, and could see herself being a mom in Her 40s after being inspired by Halle Berry.“I’m like a big, big Halle Berry fan,” she said. “I have watched her my entire life and entire career. When I saw that she had her first baby at like 40 I was like, ‘I think I’m going to be like that.’” She added, “I can still be the true identity of who I am and I can also be a mother and be a great one. So, I’ve just now gotten to that place and I’ll be 40 next year and I’m like, ‘Okay, it’s about that time!’” She turned 40 in August.
7. Mid-To-Late 2021: They Get Quiet Online and Call It Quits
Speculation about the status of the couple came about after people noticed the two were sharing less photos of themselves together, of each other (like none), and weren’t appearing together in public (where people began to notice she wasn’t wearing her ring at a Halloween party). And as mentioned, while Franklin would eventually post about Good’s new series, ‘Harlem,’ on his page, he didn’t attend the premieres with her and still went ahead weeks later and filed for divorce.