“We’ve had to deal with situations in the past where black women would give her attitude or not acknowledge her, and you’ve gotta nip that s**t in the bud. But for the most part, people have been really positive and I’m proud of that,” said Diggs.
The ‘Private Practice’ star went on to say that it wasn’t so much of the attitude as it was the “shunning” by black women that affected him.
“I mean, us actors, we wanna be loved by everybody,” he said. “So it did hurt my feelings, especially when it was black women [shunning me] – my mother’s a black woman. But you can only be who you are and be proud of that and just brush the other stuff off.”
However, as he has gotten older, Diggs said he’s become less and less concerned about what people think of his relationship with Menzel. “I realized what the important things in life are. I can’t worry about changing the way that people see me. If you like me, you like me, if you don’t, you don’t.”