Kirk and Tammy Franklin recently stopped by Erica Campbell’s morning show Get Up! Mornings to talk about their relationship. The seemingly picture-perfect couple got candid about some of the challenges they’ve faced in their 21-year marriage. What’s the secret to their longevity?
According to Tammy: prayer and counseling.
“I think that as a culture we kind of shy away from counseling and therapy, but it’s important,” she said. “It says that you love each other enough, love yourself enough to get the help that you need. And so we’ve done counseling; it has saved our marriage. We pray together and I’m not only his wife, but I’m his girlfriend.
“When you have a girlfriend and [you all] are at odds with each other, it just [doesn’t] feel right, it just hurts you,” she continued. “But sometimes we’re not like that with our spouses, but if you have a friend in your spouse, then my heart aches when we get into it. I’m like, “OK I’m ready to talk through this, let’s get back.”
This isn’t the first time Kirk Franklin has opened up about his relationship with Tammy. Last year he told BET:
“We’ve seen dark days together, but we saw them together. Men can be dumb at times, and want what’s newer, fresher, or what our other ‘head’ thinks is better … But to fail Tammy, is to fail God,” he said. “To cheat on Tammy is to cheat on the kingdom, my children, and even you … Those who trust me to chase Christ with everything I got. I’m not perfect, but I’m still in love … with Tammy.”