First of all, we don’t even care who Tyrese married. He kept it a secret and when he revealed his secret Valentine’s Day wedding to Samantha Lee Schwalenberg, we were all cool. If you like it we love. Congrats.
Things got a little bit weird, however, when he hashtagged his picture with “Black Queen.” See for yourself:
Samanatha totally looks like she has black DNA. She also looks like she probably gets the “what are you?” question fairly regularly, but to call her his “Black Queen” was a little bit of a stretch. Tyrese isn’t new, and he knows good and God damn well that when folks use the expression “Black Queen,” it’s reserved for women who exhibit more Subsaharan African features, and we all know what the type looks like. For instance:
His use of the expression to refer to his lovely wife, no matter her race, clearly speaks to his own insecurity. Also, was anyone surprised that Tyrese married a woman who looks like Samantha? Clearly Tyrese feels some kind of way about it, but we aren’t tripping. Most of us wrote him off years ago, anyway.
Tyrese removed the statements referencing Samantha as his “black queen” on social media after twitter went HAM.
Tyrese then went on the defensive and gave an interview to TMZ wherein he confirmed his wife’s Equadorian, African American, and Jamaican heritage. He loved the article, posting on IG that “Finally, TMZ got it right.”
Meanwhile, Samantha wasn’t here for the article. She clearly loves her family, and didn’t appreciate that article neglected to mention her very white dad.
Yeah, Samantha is not about the black queen life. Samantha’s mother’s heritage includes Jamaican, African American and Ecuadorian and her father is Caucasian. Samantha identifies herself as Latin American and not African American or Black.