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Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett Shared One Rule While Raising Their Twins: Somebody’s Going to Be Home

Courtney B. Vance and wife Angela Bassett shared one rule while raising their twins: Somebody’s going to be home.

via People:

Vance and Bassett, whose daughter Bronwyn and son Slater are now 18, are preparing to become empty nesters when the kids head off to college.

Courtney B. Vance says he and wife Angela Bassett have successfully juggled their busy careers with raising their kids by sticking to one firm rule.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE in this week’s issue, the 61st Street star, 63, reveals that he and Bassett, 65, made a decision soon after their fraternal twins, Bronwyn Golden and Slater Josiah, were born in 2006 to always have one parent at home for stability and consistency for their family.

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(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“Our mantra was, ‘Somebody’s going to be home.’ We’re never going to have both of us gone at the same time and the nanny raising the children,” Vance says of the couple taking turns with their work travel and commitments.

“My job has afforded me the opportunity to be able to get back every other day, every two, three days, no longer than a week,” adds the Emmy-winning actor known for The People v. O.J. Simpson and Lovecraft Country.

Bassett’s also has a demanding schedule, often leaving her home to shoot her hit show 9-1-1 before the sun rises and returns after dark.

Some days, she tells PEOPLE in this week’s Women Changing the World cover story, “I feel a little guilt in that, but also I hope that what will come out of that is that [my kids] see a mama, a woman, a Black woman achieving her dreams, having success. They’ll see that hard work pays off. And they’ll be about that life for themselves.”

While their system carried the family smoothly through Bronwyn and Slater’s childhood, Vance and Bassett will soon have to adjust to a new normal. The twins, now 18, are preparing to go off to college, leaving their parents — who have been married since 1997 — empty nesters.


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