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'Empire' actor Derek Luke shuts down haters, defends 17-year marriage to Hispanic wife

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18:  Actors Derek Luke (L) and Sophia Adella Luke attend the "Alex of Venice" Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 18, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actors Derek Luke (L) and Sophia Adella Luke attend the "Alex of Venice" Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival)  (2014 Getty Images)

Actor Derek Luke has been happily married to his wife Sophia Adella Luke (nee Hernandez) for 17 years. They have been solid, but their relationship has been rubbing his African-American fans the wrong way for a while — for “marrying outside his race.”

With social media as prevalent as it is, fans have taken to posting comments on Luke’s Instagram account complaining of his wife being Hispanic and not African-American.

Although in the past the “Empire” actor seems to have been able to brush the comments aside, there is only so much he can take, and this time he went on a rant defending his marriage and slamming critics. He said the comments about his wife being of another race were “bugging me out.”

“I never usually entertain the opinions of others because everyone is entitled to their own opinion. (Positive or Negative),” Luke wrote in an Instagram post sharing a photo with his wife. “But we’re in the year of 2015 & when should it be a ‘problem’ to date outside your race? Why is that an issue AGAIN?”

He continued: “Who one chooses to date is that person's business. Instead of focusing on (Happiness) & (pure Love) for some reason folks are still focuses on (Color). Doesn’t make sense to me. But I guess that’s the ignorance of OTHERS."

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I never usually entertain the opinions of others because everyone is entitled to they're own opinion. (Positive or Negative) But we're in the year of 2015 & when should it be a "problem" to date outside of your race? Why is that an issue AGAIN? I'm doing the unusual & going through my comments & the comments I see about my wife being another race is bugging me out. Who one chooses to date is that persons business. Instead of focusing on (Happiness) & (pure Love) for some reason some folks are still focused on (Color). Doesn't make any sense to me. But I guess that's the ignorance of OTHERS. My wife may not be Black but she is mine. And she's mine with a heart of gold. People are so quick to judge but can't even distinguish the difference of another's race. Sophia Luke is Hispanic. She's not white, she's not black, she's not Chinese, she's Hispanic. And she's mine!!

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Luke said Sofia might not be black but “she is mine.”

“And she’s mine with a heart of gold,” he wrote. “People are so quick to judge but can’t even distinguish the difference of another’s race. Sophia Luke is Hispanic. She’s not white, she’s not black, she’s not Chinese, she’s Hispanic. And she’s mine!!”

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