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'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris Divorces Wife Rania After 20 Years Of Marriage

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Aug. 13 2019, Updated 1:41 p.m. ET

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Black-ish creator Kenya Barris has decided to separate from his wife Dr. Rania “Rainbow” Barris after 20 years of marriage.

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Kenya, 45, and Rania, are calling it quits.

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On Friday, August 9, which is also the creator's birthday, the former couple reportedly filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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According to the Associated Press, Rania filed for divorce in 2014, but after mending their relationship, she decided to call off the breakup the following year.

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As fans know, a lot of the pair's marriage has inspired the Black-ish storyline.

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“When I was growing up, I never saw couples fight on the family sitcoms I loved to watch,” Kenya told Entertainment Weekly in 2018.

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Season four of Black-ish follows characters Andre and Rainbow as they work through a rough patch in their marriage. For Kenya, the season was a case of art imitating life. 

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“Subsequently, when tough times arose in my own relationship, I wasn’t prepared and felt so isolated and alone,” Kenya said. “Marital issues weren’t a part of the narrative that television told me was a ‘working relationship,'" he added.

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