Denzel Washington Jokes About His ‘Close’ Relationship With Lenny Kravitz

The Oscar winner paid tribute to the Rock legend who received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Denzel Washington and Lenny Kravitz have been close friends for decades. And a real friend will always take any opportunity to make fun of you, especially in public. 

During the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony where Kravitz received his star, Washington poked fun at the closeness of their bond and he spoke about the true meaning of friendship.

“I looked it up, Webster’s,” Washington said during his speech. “A person who one knows, and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, typically exclusive of sexual relations.” 

Washington then looked at Kravitz, and continued, “Well…” implying that they have been more than friends. Everyone in attendance burst into laughter.

Washington also mentioned the strength of Kravitz’s handshakes.

“Every time I shake hands like this with Lenny, I always have my eyes open, ‘cause once he had a ring on, a thumb ring, and he busted my hand open,” Washington said. “He’s more than a friend, more than a brother. We’re twins, we just don’t look alike. We’ve had a close brothership friendship for… 30 years.”


Washington then got serious and expressed his admiration for the “Again” singer.

“We have been tied together for a long time, close friends, we are brothers,” Washington said at the end of his speech. “I love Lenny Kravitz like I’ve loved no other brother in my life. Less is more, Leonard Albert Kravitz.”

In addition to Washington, Kravitz’s daughter Zoë Kravitz and her fiance actor Channing Tatum were in attendance. She also honored her father on his big day

“We’ve been through a lot, we’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen a lot,” Kravitz said in her speech. “I’ve seen you change in the most beautiful ways. I’ve seen the way you stay the same in the most important ways. I’ve seen the way you show up and take care of the people you love. I’ve seen your incredible dedication to your art.

Kravitz's honor was well-earned as one of the most iconic musicians of his era. Since his debut album "Let Love Rule” in 1989, the four-time Grammy winner has released several iconic albums and classic hits including "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over", "Always on the Run", "Are You Gonna Go My Way", "Fly Away", “American Woman", and many more.

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