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‘I’m Getting Choked Up’: Actor Denzel Washington says, Remembering His Mom in Touching ‘Late Show’ Interview

Actor Denzel Washington, who is increasingly making headlines for comments about his Christian faith, had an incredibly vulnerable moment during a Dec. 15, appearance on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

Washington, 64, became visibly emotional while speaking about his mother, Lennis Washington, who died earlier this year. The actor broke into tears as he was delivering remarks about mothers’ love for their sons.

“A mother is a son’s, first true love. A son, especially that first son, is a mother’s last true love,” Washington said, before pausing and admitting he was getting emotional. “I’m getting choked up. Sorry.”

Washington said his mother, who lived to age 97, wasn’t cheated and that he and his siblings weren’t either.

“She was there for everything,” he said. “And she went home.”

The actor, who was given a tissue by Colbert, shared that he didn’t cry at her funeral, despite shedding tears on
“The Late Show.” When the host asked why, Washington quipped, “I guess I saved it up for you.”