Steve Harvey Gushes About His Wife Marjorie in This Emotional Love Letter

Steve Harvey first met his now-wife, Marjorie, while performing a stand-up show at a comedy club in Memphis in 1987. She was late for a seat up front, and Steve took the opportunity during his set to speak directly to her. "The very first thing I said to Marjorie was, 'I don't know who you are, but one day I'm going to marry you.' That was the beginning," says Steve.
But their initial sparks fizzled and they lost touch. They reunited in 2005 through mutual friends and have been together ever since. After dating for a year, Steve proposed, and the couple became husband and wife on June 25, 2007. In honor of their 15th wedding anniversary this summer, Steve took some time between filming new episodes of Celebrity Family Feud to write a letter to his wife reflecting on their time together.
marjorie,
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Almost two decades have flown by, and I've felt happy every single one of those days. I don't know if I can put into words our connection, but I'll try.
When my bodyguard, Boomerang, handed me his phone that day in 2005, I had no idea who was behind it. But I recognized your voice immediately and it was the best day of my life. The next day I met you in Memphis for lunch and when I saw you I knew I wasn't going to screw it up a second time. The first time didn't go as we would have liked. I became homeless, ran out of money and got into trouble. Things went wrong for me and I had no way of reaching you - this was before cell phones - so I just disappeared.
When we met again, I still wasn't where I wanted to be. Although I made movements, I had nothing. I've been in a dark room for quite a while and I think all the stars lined up for us at the right moment.
I finally had someone to start over with. You were willing to walk down that foxhole with me and grow with me. When we got back together it was even better because we knew each other. It just fitted perfectly. It is hard to explain. It wasn't work. It wasn't hard to be together. We laughed the whole time. You made me happy. i made you happy I filled in all your blanks. You sure filled all my gaps. It didn't take long for me to realize that you are the chick for me.
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You gave me something I've never had in my life as an adult. you gave me peace Receiving this gift from you freed me to think and really do my work. But you didn't stop there. You had a lot of foresight about my future that I didn't have. They told me I would be all over TV in mainstream America. That was before Family Feud, my talk show, my first book and Miss Universe. You told me this was all going to happen to me, so I had to prepare for it. I wish the world knew how smart you are. You've never given me bad advice. Everything you told me about my career was spot on. All the do's and don'ts of advice you've given me - if I do it, it works; If I don't, I wish I had.
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Through our marriage we have learned to go with the flow. I've also learned to listen more. But the best lesson you taught me is that no matter what happens, we will always be fine. You taught me to keep moving. They also opened my eyes to a different parenting style. It's amazing how you deal with motherhood. You are a much better parent than me because you take the time to become a parent. You understand our children in a way I never have, but I look to you as a role model.
I think a person should give their flowers while they are alive. I want to thank you because my life couldn't be the same without you. I owe you a debt of gratitude for simply changing my life. If people get tired of hearing me say that, that's fine. It doesn't change the facts. You are the only primary reason outside of God's grace that I am where I am today. You're the one. I feel like if I lost everything you would stay with me and we would build it back up. In fact, I know you would.
XO, Steve
Season 8 of Celebrity Family Feud premieres Sunday, July 10 on ABC.
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This story originally appeared in the July/August 2022 issue of Good Housekeeping. Subscribe to Good Housekeeping here.
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