‘Luke Cage’ star Mike Colter responds to criticism over being married to white woman

Mike Colter, the star of Marvel’s “Luke Cage,” isn’t going to let the haters get in the way of enjoying his life, including his interracial marriage.

Colter and his wife, Iva, have been happily married for 16 years, and he had words for people who criticized him for marrying a white woman:

“I love my [African-American] sisters. People always go, ‘Man that’s his type.’ If somebody caught a sista walking around with a 6’7″ brother, is that her type? Next week you see her walking with a short guy or Spanish guy — do we have to have a type? I’m a human being,” the 40-year-old actor said.

“I look at people for character and what’s inside. Physically — that’s one thing — but you gotta be on the same page. I met my wife when I was struggling in grad school. She stuck with me for 16 years. It’s a long ways! She was with me and she’s held me up many times, and I’ve held her up before.”

He continued on by saying, “People don’t understand [that] when it comes to being with somebody long term, it’s way more than skin color that’s gonna make it work. Love is love.”