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Get to Know Anthony Anderson’s Wife, Alvina Anderson

Major congrats are in order for Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, who’s been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and for Outstanding Comedy Series (as a producer).

His well-deserved nominations come after a whopping seven years on Black-ish, where he plays the successful, often self-centered patriarch of the Johnson family. And while we’ve enjoyed seeing his character’s misadventures with the ever-so-patient Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), we want to know a bit more about Anderson’s real-life relationship. Which leads us to one very important question: Who is Anthony Anderson’s wife, Alvina Anderson? Here’s what we know.

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1. Who Is Anthony Anderson’s Wife, Alvina Anderson?

Alvina Anderson (previously Alvina Stewart) leads a very private life, so very little is known about her background. However, we do know that she has a private Instagram account.

2. According To Anthony, Alvina Is Big On Health And Fitness

While speaking with the Los Angeles Times about his fitness journey and type 2 diabetes diagnosis, Anthony revealed that it was Alvina who motivated him to get into better shape. “My wife’s become an avid gym rat, and she inspires me,” he said. “My children are fit too and also help me keep going.”

The actor admitted that his initial trip to the doctor didn’t inspire him to make any big changes, but after recalling how the disease affected his parents, he promised to do better for his own family. “I watched my dad slowly die from this disease,” he explained, “And I vowed never to let that happen to my wife and children, and it jump-started me into becoming healthier.”

3. Anthony And Alvina Started Dating In College

While speaking with Jimmy Fallon in 2018, the actor confirmed that he and Alvina started dating when they attended Howard University. While sharing a story about his son’s first days at the college, he revealed that soon after starting school, his son told him, “I found my wife.” Anthony then told Fallon, “He’s actually following in my footsteps because I found my wife at Howard. But it was her first week, not my first week.” Like father, like son indeed.

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4. When Did Anthony And Alvina Get Married?

Anthony and his wife reportedly tied the knot in 1999. Which means the couple have been married for more than two decades. However, their union almost came to an end several years after they said, “I do.”

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5. Alvina Stewart Filed For Divorce In 2014, Then Called It Off

TMZ confirmed in September 2015 that Alvina had filed for divorce due to “irreconcilable differences.” She also noted that they had been separated since April 2014, and she intended to give Anderson “reasonable visitation” rights to see their children. But according to ET Online, Alvina later requested a dismissal of her divorce petition in 2017. Luckily, it sounds like they were able to work it out.

6. How Many Children Do They Have?

The couple shares two children: Kyra Anderson and Nathan Anderson, a fellow actor who you might recognize from the Netflix sitcom, Richie Rich.

When he appeared on The Rachael Ray Show, Anthony revealed that he really wanted his son to be cast as one of his children in Black-ish. He said, “My son is a young, talented actor, following in my footsteps…I wanted him to be Andre Jr. on Black-ish, but my son’s cool factor…You know, he just has a little too much swag, and I don’t know where he gets it from. I sometimes question if he’s mine or not. His swag factor is just off the charts! And we needed him not to be goofy, but just be a nerdy kid, and he couldn’t shake that. And so I couldn’t cast him!”

Fingers crossed we’ll get to see the father-son duo share the small screen in the future.