Blair Underwood embarks on a new chapter with Josie Hart, her first friend and new fiancée.
the Malibu’s Most Wanted The actor announced the exciting milestone on Tuesday night. Beneath a photo of the couple attending the International Emmy Awards in New York City together, he revealed their engagement.
“The personal highlight was walking the red carpet with my new fiancée Josie Hart. The most amazing, brilliant, beautiful, hilarious, thought provoking and insightful person I know who continually lives life out loud. The future is a crazy bright girl! None of us knows where God will guide our paths.
Blair and Josie Hart return to the days before the actor’s fame
He proceeded to talk more about his long friendship with Josie. In particular, Blair said that they go back four whole decades and that she has been by her side throughout her acting career.
“He has supported me since before I became an actor. When a 41-year-old friendship slaps you on the back of the neck and turns into romance, you stand up, pay attention, and move forward with gratitude. Gently forward. Begins.”
Blair’s wife of nearly three decades filed for divorce last year
In mid-2021, news broke that Underwood and Désirée DaCosta were ending their marriage after 27 years together.
Blair approached their separation through a Instagram Statement. They were sure to greet their three adult children and reflect positively on their union.
“After a great deal of individual and collective thought, prayer, and work, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage that began 27 years ago. It really has been a beautiful journey. Our proudest achievements are our three amazing children. Three souls to whom God entrusted us.”
The ad continued with a proclamation that Blair and Désirée would “remain the best of friends.”
“We continue to be in awe and humbled by the blessings of parenting. We have always put your best interests first and will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for each other as we embark on this new chapter of our lives, separately.”
Mixed reactions to Blair’s engagement announcement
With the actor settling down with his 41-year-old friend shortly after breaking up a 27-year marriage, some Twitter users had something to say.
Some were taken aback by the news and shared that situations like this are the reason why they have trust issues.
FORTY YEARS?!?! pic.twitter.com/dcMopZ7S7v
—Brandon Caldwell (@_brandoc) November 23, 2022
When he proposes to the bitch he told you not to worry about for over 27 years straight. pic.twitter.com/qjeHZuqSU3
– thin. (@MissKilahMarie) November 23, 2022
Blair Underwood is the exact reason I don’t trust you niggas and all you “besties”
— COURT (@mynameskourtney) November 23, 2022
Others shared that they could actually relate to the situation.
This Blair Underwood story is making me laugh out loud because I know for a fact that at least one or two of my exes were giving me sidelong looks for marrying the best friend I told them not to worry about 😭😭😭😭
One of my exes commented “FINALLY!” under our photo on IG LMFAO she knew!
—Ash Money Records™️ (@LightsPlease___) November 23, 2022
I could pull off a Blair Underwood
— A’Janay 🦋 (@NubianSavagee) November 23, 2022
Some people were supportive of the new couple, saying they were glad to see Blair happy.
I’m sure Blair Underwood is happier than ever in her life right now. So happy for him. A beautiful graduation.
— Yusuf Yuie ✨ Black Joy (@YusufYuie) November 23, 2022
I hate this narrative surrounding Blair Underwood’s fiancé. The idea that she was waiting for her moment, only to pounce on her like she had nothing else in her life… we don’t know. Reducing a decades-long friendship to her being a side piece is disrespectful.
-Niknikky (@ydragurl) November 23, 2022
Humorously, fans shared that the situation is something they could see Underwood pulling off in one of her movie roles.
Blair Underwood is really the villain of all those movies. https://t.co/KYU0pRTB0h
— Sterling 🤓 (@donmega1833) November 23, 2022
Blair Underwood is a super villain husband in the movies and in REAL LIFE. No wonder all those movie roles seemed so authentic and natural to the dog 🤣🤣🤣
— 73-9 and THEY LIED (@CuffsTheLegend) November 23, 2022
Supporters stood by their stance that the situation is just a case of old friends falling for each other, rather than something lewder as other respondents suggested.
But too bad I don’t think anyone waits in the wings to get your man for 40+ years. That Blair Underwood story sounds like a case of old divorced/single guys falling in love and that’s valid lol
—Neo (@Neo_url) November 23, 2022
Is Blair Underwood marrying someone they’ve been friends with for over 30 years or more, something strange for you guys? I don’t think so, he had been married in the past and I think she was too. They were young AF- before their fame when they met! Sometimes what you need has been there all along!
— T|K (@TKo_xoXo) November 23, 2022
However, regardless of how people feel, the couple is preparing to settle down and build a life as a couple.
Congratulations to Blair Underwood and Josie Hart on their engagement!