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Tabitha and Chance Brown love story: High school sweethearts were broke before finding success

Tabitha Brown responded to Wendy Williams' jibe at her marriage to Chance Brown, who is quitting the LAPD to pursue his dreams
Chance and Tabitha Brown have been together for decades (Instagram/iamtabithabrown)
Chance and Tabitha Brown have been together for decades (Instagram/iamtabithabrown)

Tabitha Brown, an actress and social media personality, slammed Wendy Williams for commenting about her husband on her daytime talk show on Thursday, July 1. Tabitha had revealed details about her personal life in a YouTube video, where she said that her husband was now retiring, and Williams used a clip of this video to mock the couple.

Tabitha was recently in the news for apparently being not famous enough when it was reported that RuPaul had no idea who the actress was. 'The Wendy Williams Show' host was also in the news after she said that she was "in a bad place mentally" before she took a break from the show as she hated working from home.


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Tabitha's husband Chance Brown announced his retirement from the Los Angeles Police Department after 15 years on the department. Williams, on the other hand, had a less positive view on his retirement and compared Chance's life to that of her ex-husband Kevin Hunter on 'The Wendy Williams Show'. Here's all about the Browns' love story.


'Live your dream'

Chance, who worked as a police officer in the LAPD to support his family, is also a television personality who, along with his wife co-hosts the IGTV show 'Fridays with Tab and Chance'. He is also a businessman who is passionate about basketball, teaching children aged 5 to 12 how to create relationships via the principles of basketball through his organization 'Team Chance Basketball'. But Thursday marked the day when Tabitha decided that she would help her husband turn in his badge as she was doing financially well for both of them. She spoke about her husband's retirement in a video.

Williams, however, was not in a celebratory mood. She played a clip of the video to mock the couple and said that they will be "on real rocky ground in a moment" and attributed her own husband's dalliances with another woman, which resulted in an illegitimate child. "‘Live your dream’… They may invest in stuff and lose the money. They invest in something else then the money gets swindled or stolen. Then they invest again and he comes home and throws his bag down. She’s like ‘What? What?’ And he’s like, ‘I can’t do this and this is your fault. You’re over here making your money and stuff and had me quit my job," she said.


'I was his dog in the fight'

However, Tabitha, in an Instagram video, responded with kindness. “Wendy the pain you must be in to feel this way, honey, I’m so sorry. But listen, let me tell you this. Twenty-three years I’ve been with my husband, broke for a very long time together. Struggled for a very long time together. Succeeded for the last couple of years together,” she said, adding that they agreed that she would eventually get him out of the force when so he could pursue his own dreams.

“I was his dog in the fight and he believed in me and we did it together for the last 15 years,” she said. “I did every year with him in the LAPD and he did every year with me with rejection and nos in this entertainment industry. However, God has blessed me… I’ve been praying on this for a very long time and it has now come to pass. That is the power of God. It’s also the power of allowing God to be first in your marriage. That’s how it remains successful, we keep Him first. He is first in our marriage. Not money, not business, not success, but God. He’s first.”

They met in fifth grade

The couple met in fifth grade at Leaksville Intermediate School and they dated off and on throughout high school before moving to Los Angeles, where she wanted to pursue a career in the film industry, according to Greensboro. The couple was broke after a year in California so they found work in Greensboro instead. They felt stable and began a family since Chance worked at Oakwood Homes and Tabitha worked at UPS.

But the dream lived on. Chance became a police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and Tabitha worked in administration, while she played roles in movies like 'Keepin’ the Faith; My Baby’s Gettin’ Married', 'Jessica Sinclair’s Thug Love' and 'Outrighteous'. Eventually, Matthew Weiner's 'You Are Here', which was released at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival, was added to the list. “We’ve always been big dreamers,” said Chance. 


Married for 18 years

Tabitha and Chance have been married for 18 years. Chance captioned an Instagram photo of the couple on April 19, 2020: “22 years together/ 17 married… @iamtabithabrown still looks at me the same way. I’m truly blessed. I say thank lord for allowing us to grow together and for allowing us not only to love each other but like each other as well."

Chance was already the father of young Tyleah Brown from a previous relationship when he started dating Tabitha. Tyleah appears frequently in the Brown family photos, leading many to believe she is Tabitha's legitimate daughter. Tabitha treats Tyleah as if she were her daughter and their strong bond is evident on social media.


They initially chose abstinence

Tabitha and Chance took to the Oprah documentary 'Black Love' to talk about their marriage and how they practiced abstinence initially. "I was like, ‘I don’t want to have sex with you though. We gon need to wait because I need to make sure that this is real and we ain’t just lusting for each other. I was like we need to make sure that we really like each other or what I’m feeling is a real feeling. So we did. We just started dating and talking everyday and spending time together," said Tabitha. Chance concurred: "It really didn’t make a whole lot of sense to me either. Because I was like, ‘What we..? What we waiting for?’"

On being asked whether they waited until they got married, Tabitha, according to Madame Noire, said: "Aww nawl girl. We didn’t…Choyce (their daughter) was the flower girl, honey, in the wedding. You know we didn’t wait til we got married. Oh naw." Choyce is now the CEO of an upcoming skincare company, the Net Line reports. The couple also has a son called Queston and the whole family lives in Los Angeles, California.


Tabitha went on to state on Thursday that she wants Chance to keep coaching children and expanding his organization, doing the things that he enjoys. She kept her enthusiasm for his next chapter and prayed once more that Williams would one day be able to share in her joy. She prayed for a different sort of love for Williams, who has been open about dating again, one that “holds you tight. I pray that someone will love you enough to see you when you are not well, to see when you need true support, to see you when you need compassion, to see you when you need kindness."

In a kind and compassionate message, she said: “I pray that somebody finds you, love finds you that excites you the way I’m excited for my husband to grow his business, pour into children and coach these kids and do other things he’s dreamt about. I pray this type of excitement and love finds you and anybody else who seems to not understand this. I pray that type of love finds you.”