Issa Rae's Muslim and Christian upbringing both influenced her surprise marriage reveal

Amber Peake July 27, 2021
Issa Rae's Muslim and Christian upbringing both influenced her surprise marriage reveal
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Actress Issa Rae announced she is married on Instagram yesterday (Monday, 26 July). The actress had previously kept her love life out of the spotlight, with some on social media curious to know more about the actress faith and if Issa Rae is Muslim following the announcement.

Actress casually announces she is married on Instagram

Issa Rae revealed she had got married in a post on Instagram yesterday, Monday 27 July. Captioning the post, she described her wedding snaps as an “impromptu photoshoot

The actress wrote: “A) Impromptu photoshoot in a custom @verawang dress. B) My girls came to help me, but they all coincidentally had on the same dress! They were sooooo embarrassed. C) Then I took a few flicks with Somebody’s Husband.”

In the past, Rae has been fiercely private about sharing details of her love life. Following her Instagram post, her now-husband has been revealed to be businessman Louis Diame.

The couple are said to have been engaged since 2019, with rumours first starting after Rae was spotted wearing a ring on the cover of Essence magazine’s April issue.

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Twitter reacts to Issa Rae’s wedding reveal

As Rae revealed her marriage on social media, fans shared their reactions the actress’ surprise announcement. Some of them thought they saw a connection between Issa Rae’s Muslim upbringing and her waiting until the last minute to announce her marriage to the world at large.

After seeing some of these comments, Rae’s fans wanted to know more about her faith and the role religion plays in her life.

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Is Issa Rae Muslim? Actress’s faith explored

Issa Rae grew up with a Christian mother, Delyna Diop (née Hayward), who hails from New Orleans and a Muslim father, Abdoulaye Diop, who grew up in Senegal and met Issa’s mother while they were both studying in France.

So, the actress’s is part-Muslim, although she is not known for sharing many details about her faith. However, she has briefly mentioned growing up a Christian, in an interview on radio talk show Fresh Air.

Chatting to host Terry Gross, she explained in 2016: “Well, my mom is a Christian, and so she raised us as Christians. And so – I mean, that was the – that was pretty much the extent of it.”

Issa Rae reflected on her faith as a guest writer in America Ferrera’s 2018 book American Like Me: Reflections On Life Between Cultures. In her essay, the actress opened up on her parents’ different religious beliefs growing up, as her mother was Christian and her father was Muslim.

She explained: “My mom is from New Orleans, and she won the ‘debate’ about which religion me and my four siblings would be raised in. So even though my dad never let us forget that we were Senegalese, we grew up attending Christian churches.”

Talking of her own personal beliefs, Rae later added: “But for the most part, I’ve really just tried to form my own opinions and forge my own relationship with spirituality.”

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Amber is a freelance writer on The Focus who mainly covers anything celeb, music, and entertainment related. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Brunel University in 2020, she has spent the last two years reporting the latest celeb news and pop culture trends across leading and national publishers. Starting her career at as a showbiz reporter, Amber began contributing on The Focus in 2021. As well as her work on the site, she has also written across other GRV Media publications, including both Reality Titbit and HITC. When she's not scrolling endlessly on TikTok, you'll find Amber wrapped up in yet another DIY crafting project.