In the summer of 2016, Jesse Williams accepted the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards and gave a speech that floored the entire audience. Williams spoke about the importance of Black men being supportive of Black women. “This is also in particular for the Black women in particular who have spent their lifetimes dedicated to nurturing everyone before themselves. We can and will do better for you,” Williams said.
However, Williams is now catching backlash on social media for leaving his Black wife of 13 years to date actress Minka Kelly. Williams was spotted with Kelly one day after Jay-Z released his “Footnotes” short film. In the film, several prominent men such as Jay-Z, Chris Rock, and Williams discuss their relationship issues.
In the short film, Williams said, “I was in a relationship 13 years ― 13 real years, not five years, not seven years, 13 years ― and all of a sudden mother f—s are writing think-pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship, like the most painful experience I’ve had in my life like with a person I’ve loved with all of my heart, that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute.”