Kerry Washington is known for being a private person and she has no plans to change that anytime soon. The "Scandal" star spoke out about keeping her marriage private during a panel discussion at South by South West in Austin, Texas, assuring attendees that she'll never be the kind of person who comments on marriage rumors via social media — despite her belief that social sites can be a useful tool for celebrities.
According to E! Online, Washington, 39, participated in the New Rules of Social Stardom panel discussion on Sunday, which highlights up and coming innovations in tech, musical acts, new movies and more. During the appearance she touched on social media as it relates to celebrity, sharing her thoughts on both the negatives and positives. She told attendees social media sites like Twitter and Instagram have “actually been great” for some celebrities, allowing them to forge relationships with gossip magazines and shut down false stories before they can take off. She added that while it’s given some stars the opportunity to “maintain their voice,” she has no intention of getting anymore involved in social media than she already is. Washington said during the panel that she is not one to talk about personal things — especially her marriage to former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha — and likely never will be.
“I don’t talk about my personal life,” she said. “That means not only did I not tell you when I was getting married, it also means if someone has rumors about what’s going on in my marriage, I don’t refute them, because I don’t talk about my personal life.”
Rumors have been swirling about Washington's ultra-private marriage since it's earliest days. In December 2013 stories began circulating suggesting there was trouble in paradise. A report from the National Inquirer suggested Washington's burgeoning career was creating tension between her and her new hubby, who the publication claimed felt she was dedicating more time to promoting "Scandal" than she was on their relationship. At the time, Washington and Asomugha, 34, had been married for just five months. The couple secretly wed on June 24, 2013 in Hailey, Idaho, after about one year together. E! Online confirmed the good news just over a week after their nuptials.