Tia Mowry and Cory Hardrict: A tale of love and healing

Through the years of Hollywood, couples have fallen in and out of love for years. So, what’s so interesting and attention grabbing about actress Tia Mowry’s separation from her husband of 14 years, Cory Hardrict? Well, according to her it’s the awakening of self-love.

The Love Story

A year after the actress played the role of the famous Tia Landry in the sitcom, Sister, Sister, the American actress was swept off her feet while filming the movie Hollywood Horror, with her now ex-husband, Cory Hardrict. 

The duo dated for six years before getting engaged in 2006 and subsequently walked down the aisle in California in 2008.

The former couple welcomed their two children, son Cree in 2011 and daughter Cairo in 2017. 

Throughout the time they had been together, the ex-couple gushed about each other on and off social media quite frequently. In an interview with the Us Weekly in 2013, Mowry explained how her son inspired them to renew their vows. 

Cree was my motivation and inspiration to renew our vows. Cory and I have been together for 13 years and married for five. .. However, we now have this new miracle in our lives and I wanted to celebrate our love, and what our love together created — Cree!,” she explained.

In 2016, Hardrict praised Mowry for her unwavering support through a social media post on Valentine’s Day writing, “16yrs later my wife still looks at me this way. We met when I didn’t have a Car, Sleeping on the floor in a Studio apartment with no furniture.”

Until their 14th anniversary which the couple celebrated on social media, things seemed to be going well. “I’ve loved you for 22 years and I’ll love you for a million more,” the former Food Network Star Kids mentor wrote via social media of her then-husband. “Happy 14th Wedding Anniversary! I love you Mr. Hardrict ❤️💕💋.”

The Big Decision

It was in October 2022 that Mowry announced the couple’s decision to get separated. “I have always been honest with my fans, and today is no different. I wanted to share that Cory and I have decided to go our separate ways,” The Twitches star wrote in an Instagram statement. “These decisions are never easy, and not without sadness. We will maintain a friendship as we co-parent our beautiful children. I am grateful for all the happy times we had together and want to thank my friends, family and fans for your love and support as we start this new chapter moving forward in our lives.”

Talking to TODAY, the actress revealed that she knew the exact moment her marriage was in trouble and that the “awakening” came after a change in perspective. “I knew when I really started to focus on my happiness,” she began. 

I feel like women, we tend to focus on everybody else’s happiness, making sure that everybody else is OK — meaning our children, our friends, our family.

But at the end of the day, it’s about self-love. When you start to really work on yourself, love yourself, know your value and know your worth, then all of a sudden, there’s this awakening. And it’s not easy. It’s a hard journey, but at the end of the day, I feel like it is so, so worth it.

However, she added that she doesn’t look at her marriage as a failure, “My marriage was a success,” she said. “I look at it as like a curriculum when you’re in college or high school. You’re learning, you’re growing, you’re evolving, you’re creating. I was able to create with Cory some beautiful, amazing children. At the end of that curriculum, there’s a graduation, there’s a celebration. So that’s basically how I’m looking at it now.

Tia Mowry on healing from a divorce

A year after her disheartening divorce from Hardrict, Mowry shared that she discovered parts of post-divorce healing that are not “often discussed”

In a recent video posted on Instagram, the 45-year-old actress shared her thoughts on the healing process post a divorce:

Recovering from a divorce feels like a whirlwind journey,” she began as the video opened with a shot of her reflecting while journaling in bed. “I found that through the process, divorce isn’t a place where we arrive. It’s entering a new chapter of life with many nuances, and no one-size-fits-all handbook.

She continued by noting the ups and downs and “waves of emotions.” “It’s a side of divorce that isn’t often discussed, especially when there are kids involved,” she said.

You strive to be a role model, teaching them resilience and self-care,” she added. “You try different things to soothe and release emotional build-up with exercise, journaling your thoughts, meditation, and seeking therapy to cope with the breakup and the dreams you had for the future.”

At last, the actress said she has found the cliche of “time heals all wounds” to be the truth.