California Senator Kamala Harris has been in the national political spotlight for years, but now that she’s the first female vice president-elect in American history, more people are deep-diving into her background, especially her dating life before marrying husband and soon-to-be Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff in 2014.
On November 13, Twitter users were shocked to discover that Harris, 56, once dated daytime talk show host and motivational speaker Montel Williams, 64. Photos of the two together with his daughter Ashley Williams attending the Eighth Annual Race to Erase Multiple Sclerosis event in May 2001 went viral on Friday afternoon, and users online could not believe their eyes.
Williams, who hosted his syndicated talk show from 1991 to 2008, tweeted about their relationship in August 2019. He said, “.@KamalaHarris and I briefly dated about 20 years ago when we were both single. So what? I have great respect for Sen. Harris. I have to wonder if the same stories about her dating history would have been written if she were a male candidate?”
Williams is currently married to wife Tara Fowler, with whom he tied the knot in 2007. He was previously married to Grace Morley from 1992 to 2000 and Rochele See from 1982 to 1989.
Twitter Users Had Jokes After Learning About Harris’ Relationship With Williams
While some users online couldn’t get over the surprise that the soon-to-be first female vice president once dated the legendary talk show host, others expressed their feelings that he made a big mistake by not making this relationship work. One person tweeted, “Damn Montel with the fumble. Could’ve been in the White House doing that same song 100 different ways.”
One Twitter user found this revelation absolutely hilarious. He tweeted, “Brah why Kamala Harris used to date Montel Williams I’m weak. This mad random,” with a crying laughing face emoji.
Some Twitter users confused Williams with singer Montell Jordan, and those people were quickly trolled online in their comments thread. Aside from Jordan having one more “L” in his first name, one person clarified, “Montel Williams the talk show host. Montel Jordan was an R&B singer,” while another person commented, “HILARIOUS!!!! Rolling on the floor laughing it’s funny because Montel Williams is regular people size and Montell Jordan is like 6’8 lmfao clear cut difference.”
Another wrote: “Had to pause for a min and think ‘Williams or Jordan?’ but then realized it didnt matter because it would’ve been hilarious to have either Montel as a 2nd Gentleman.”
People Defended Harris Against Users Online Date-Shaming Her on Twitter
While there were numerous jokes to be had about Harris and Williams, some users online didn’t appreciate people trolling her past dating life. One user tweeted that people should be using her new official title, “You mean Montel dated Madam Vice President-elect Harris,” while another person wanted to shift the attention back to more important matters.
She tweeted, “Apparently Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris once dated that talk-show guy Montel Williams. (Hey, I still have that HealthMaster blender!) Cool. Don’t let this distract you that we need to #FlipTheSenateVoteBlue on Jan 5th GA.”