Hollywood is known for many things: cheesy celebrity home tours, beautiful palm trees, gigantic movie studios and microwave marriages. So when Triple B was approached to feature husband-wife duo, Kam and Ricky Horne, Jr. for Marriage Matters, a hefty dose of skepticism arose. Kam knows the entertainment biz well. The stunning Los Angeles native began modeling and acting at the tender age of 13. The mother of three was a regular on the Tia & Tamera Show which aired on the E! Style Network, Bravo and Oxygen. Hubby Ricky is a writer/director/producer who has worked with industry notables like Kim Fields and Lindsay Lohan. The Hornes were refreshingly down to earth and candid about their ups and downs since saying “I Do” — dishing on everything from blending families, raising a special needs child and planning a wedding without supportive parents. Meet the Hornes:
Black Bridal Bliss: How long have you two been together and how long have you actually been married?
Kam: We met in 2004 and started living together in 2006. We got married in 2007 in St. Lucia.
BBB: Are either of you from St. Lucia? What made you decide to wed there?
Kam:No, neither of us are from there but we wanted a destination wedding. It was an easy decision for us.Our parents weren’t 100% supportive of our relationship. People are fortunate to have supportive parents. We didn’t. We may still do a big ceremony for our 10 year anniversary.
Ricky: We had four guests there and they were all Kam’s friends. It wasn’t about them. It was about us.
BBB: Kudos to you guys! How do you stay grounded raising a family and staying in a committed marriage in Hollywood?
Ricky: My homelife makes it easier to do everything else. Family puts it all in perspective. And our love for God does not waver. My allegiance is to my family and God.
Kam: Yes, Hollywood is unpredictable but we have something that’s stable and that is each other.
BBB: Kam, you are a mother of three who maintains a demanding career. How do you balance it all — or do you?
Kam: I was in college when I had my first son and he was diagnosed with autism at 2.5 years old. I was a teenager; it was a huge challenge. Ricky helped me find a gluten and casein-free (no milk/no diary) diet. We started pro-biotic juicing and added lots of all-natural veggies to his diet. I have a husband who loves my child as his own. My oldest son’s grades improved, his social skills improved and last summer he graduated from high school. We also have another son who is 5 and our daughter Lexi just turned 2.
Kam: I have no set schedule. I’ve learned to handle it in stride. I have a passion for what I do and it drives me. Also I’m very active with my kids. We go bike riding together. I try to make sure we spend time outdoors [engaging in an activity] at least a few times a week.
BBB:What advice do you have for engaged couples?
Kam: Love changes even the most hardened people. Our marriage has changed our parents. Lead by example, people can’t help but notice.
Ricky: Do it for you. Don’t get married for some sort of ideal or societal pressure.
What was your favorite part of Kam and Ricky’s story? Share in the comments!
beautiful interview and family! god bless them. and can we talk about how adorable that little girl is???!!!
These types of stories are so refreshing. They help to fight the bogus images the media attempts to shove down our throats. I appreciate you and your blog for consistently showing positive and real relationships.
@Katina – Thanks for commenting. I agree that this is a beautiful family (not just on the surface) and I have to admit that I’m a true sucka for afro puffs like lil’ Lexi is sporting in this pic.
@Ms. Michelle – You just made my day; thanks for supporting Triple B!
I like how against all odds they take their challenges and make them work for them. I work with your mom and she has shared your awesome work. Keep up the good work! It’s always great to see others my age out here doing their thing.
@TSnead – Yes! The Hornes exemplify a resilience we rarely see highlighted in media from young couples. Thanks so much for commenting. My mother is the best publicist; ever! LOL. Maybe I’ll get to meet you the next time I visit her.
This is such a beautiful and inspiring story, enjoyed reading it.
Oh, my favorite part of Kim and Ricky’s story was reading about how Ricky bonded with Kim’s older son, reading that put a smile on my face. May God continue to bless their union.
I am a the grandmother of an autistic teenager and a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. I’m impressed that the couple chose nutrition as the way to improve their son’s health and life. Few do, choosing to medicate instead. Of course, autism is a spectrum disorder and there are many variables but, diet is always the best way to begin. Thomas Edison said “the doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Hippocrates said “let food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be food.” Right on to the Hornes. They are a beautiful, bubbling brown sugar family.
Loving this positive feedback for the Hornes! @SD – I knew you would appreciate this story. And yes this is a gorgeous bubblin’ brown sugar family.