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Blair Underwood is ENGAGED! Star set to wed friend of 41 years

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 24/11/2022 Ashleigh Gray For Dailymail.Com

Blair Underwood is engaged to be married - 18 months after his divorce from Desiree DaCosta.

The longtime actor, 58, revealed he is set to tie the knot with Josie Hart, his friend of 41 years.

He wrote on Instagram: 'My personal highlight was walking the red carpet with my new fiancée Josie Hart.'

New love: Blair Underwood is engaged to longtime friend Josie Hart a year and a half after his divorce from Desiree DaCosta © Provided by Daily Mail New love: Blair Underwood is engaged to longtime friend Josie Hart a year and a half after his divorce from Desiree DaCosta

He gushed to his 232,000 followers: 'The most amazing, brilliant, beautiful, hilarious, thought provoking & insightful person I know who continuously lives life out-loud.'

Looking ahead he said, 'The future is crazy-bright Girl! None of us ever know where God will guide our paths.' 

The father-of-three briefly shed light on the history of his relationship as he added, 'She's had my back since before I even became an actor. 

'When a 41 year friendship slaps you in the back of the head & blossoms into romance, you stand up, pay attention & step forward in gratitude. Gently forward. It begins! #trinilife.'

Former flame: In May 2021 the longtime spouses shared they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage © Provided by Daily Mail Former flame: In May 2021 the longtime spouses shared they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage

Underwood wed DaCosta in 1994, the same year his hit legal drama LA Law came to an end after an eight-season run.

On May 31, 2021 the twosome shocked fans with a joint announcement stating they were separating.

In a lengthy message shared via Instagram, they said they would remain the 'best of friends' and continue to focus on their children - Paris, 25, Brielle, 23, and Blake, 21.

The statement read: 'After a tremendous amount of thought, prayer & work on ourselves individually & collectively, we have come to the conclusion to end our marriage that began 27 years ago.'

Past life: The former couple attended the 2016 Tony Awards together in New York City © Provided by Daily Mail Past life: The former couple attended the 2016 Tony Awards together in New York City

The message went on, 'Our proudest achievements are our three children. Three souls to which God entrusted us. We continue to be awed & humbled by the blessings of parenting.

'We have always put their best interests first & will continue to do so. We will continue to be the best of friends and co-parents and have the utmost respect for one another as we embark on this new chapter of our lives, separately.

Blair went on to thank his fans for their 'support throughout the years' and asked for 'privacy and understanding during this new season of change.'

Announcement: In a lengthy message shared via Instagram in 2021, the former couple said they would remain the 'best of friends' and continue to focus on their children - Paris, 25, Brielle, 23, and Blake, 2; seen with their kids in 2006 © Provided by Daily Mail Announcement: In a lengthy message shared via Instagram in 2021, the former couple said they would remain the 'best of friends' and continue to focus on their children - Paris, 25, Brielle, 23, and Blake, 2; seen with their kids in 2006

Reflecting on his parents' decades-long marriage in 2008, he called them his 'heroes in love' and said they taught him relationships can be 'enduring and powerful.'

Watching his dad serve as the family's breadwinner, Underwood said he wanted to be his wife's 'rock, her protector.'

'If she had a problem, I wanted to solve it. I thought that's what was expected of me,' he told the outlet.

But a vulnerable conversation with his spouse led him to learn his then-wife didn't need him to fix her problems, but to instead listen when she vented.

The star concluded: 'I was relieved she didn't expect me to always have an answer for her. She wasn't coming to me for a repair.'

Young Love: Blair and Desiree at the White Men Can't Jump premiere in Los Angeles in 1992 © Provided by Daily Mail Young Love: Blair and Desiree at the White Men Can't Jump premiere in Los Angeles in 1992 Read more
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