The cover of the February issue of Essence Magazine features comedian, author, relationship expert, and talk show host Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie. Steve gets personal and discusses his relationship with Marjorie. Steve currently hosts three shows: the syndicated radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show; Family Feud; and his daytime TV talk show, The Steve Harvey Show. Along with stand up comedian gigs and two best-selling relationship books.
When asked what the secret to his success, he told Essence:
“Everything I have is because of this girl right here.”
He references his wife of seven years Marjorie Harvey. According to Essence, the author of the article and Steve explains:
It was love at first sight for Harvey, as he watched Marjorie walk into the Memphis comedy club he was playing, and he let his feelings be known right then and there. He stood onstage and announced to her, “I don’t know who you are but I’m going to marry you.” Marjorie’s moment of clarity came a few weeks later. “I knew he was The One shortly after I started dated him…but then he just left. Disappeared.”
Steve initially met his wife in 1990, but did not reconnect until 2005, a 15-year hiatus. Steve Harvey further explains:
“Before a man can be of use to a woman…he’s got to know who he is, what he does and how much he’s going to make.”
After enduring a few life challenges and successes, he reconnected in 2005 following the dissolution of his second marriage and six-year run as star of the sitcom The Steve Harvey Show. The two married two years later.
Steve further states to Essence:
“Every great man has a woman… I didn’t say successful man, I said great man. Yeah, maybe you’re successful if you sign a $16 million NBA contract. But greatness is when you’re the husband and father you’re supposed to be. When everyone surrounding you looks up to you, depends on you, and you come through for them. That’s greatness.”
“Do you think Dr. Martin Luther King was anything without Coretta? You take Michelle out of Barack Obama’s equation, and he is a whole other dude out there.”
This one is personal to me. I have come across great men throughout my dating life, before marriage and now divorced that have express their interest in pursuing me. However, the men felt they were not ready. This could be due to immaturity, financial reasons, hectic travel schedule, recently ending a difficult union, or focus on reaching a career milestone. The noble men, like Steve Harvey upon realizing they were not ready, disappeared, let me go to conquer life’s challenges that lie before them but still remain in touch. Some men, in fear of losing their woman “me” let the relationship dwell on or tried to have their cake and eat it too. This resulted in disappointment. Two people frustrated at one another, me for time wasted and the steady stale state the relationship was going. My pressuring would leave my mate frustrated with my time-table, demands and selfishness.
The admirers who disappeared and let me go, always came back when they were ready when the interest was genuine. The men knew the risk of letting someone go. In some instances I was in another relationship, or due to my immaturity had some hurt feelings for the initial separation. While timing may have been off, the gents always came back. If a union could not be made, a life-long friendship was created. Through maturation, I have respect for those men. These gents selfish desires were put aside for the best interest of their mate.
As a divorcee, I have recently met fantastic gents that have reciprocated their interest, but the timing has been off. A bit more mature than in my 20’s I attempt to understand the gent’s point of view that echoes Steve statement quoted above to Essence. However, these men are now in their mid-30’s/ early 40’s. I struggle with the notion that these great men are not ready to pursue a meaningful relationship because they feel certain milestones have not been achieved before they would consider marriage or exclusivity. I realize I cannot win this argument and have to move on. I can understand a man saying this in their 20’s and early 30’s, but it is a bit harder to conceptualize this when these men have never been married and are embraced in their bachelor ways. While married, my ex-husband and I were always working to become better people. This does not stop when two ambitious people come together. What happen to working together to attain those goals? However, everyone has their own unique time-table. So when the timing is off, just let it go. If it is meant to be, it will happen!
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