The comedian and his wife, who have brushed off rumors of a split, come smiling to Rock's premiere of I Think I Love My Wife

By Nicholas White
Updated March 08, 2007 05:35 PM

A week after Chris Rock and wife Malaak Compton-Rock declared publicly that their 10-year marriage is strong, the couple and proud parents appeared together at the premiere of Rock’s new movie, I Think I Love My Wife, Wednesday.

The couple, who have two young daughters, Lola, 4, and Zahra, 2, smiled, embraced and held hands on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the new comedy.

The movie’s release coincides with rumors of trouble in their marriage, which the couple have vehemently denied. In a statement to PEOPLE last week, they said: “We remain, as always, very happy and committed to our marriage and the beautiful family that we have built.”

Still, because marriage is the new movie’s theme, the normally private Rock has been discussing the subject of late. “I’ve been married for 10 years and, you know, it’s hard,” the comedian said Tuesday at the movie’s press day. “You spruce it up and you go places. How do you spruce up anything? Artificially. You go places and do things.”

Asked about the best and worst parts of marriage, Rock said, “The best part is just having a partner. There is no real worst part. I’m not going to say there’s a worst part. I mean I’m a comedian – comedians like to work alone. So maybe I’m not the ideal guy to be married to, in that sense.”

Rock’s costar, Gina Torres, who plays his wife in I Think I Love My Wife, said of Rock at Wednesday’s premiere, “He’s a doting parent and a very loving and affectionate man.”