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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Steve Harvey and his beautiful wife Marjorie grace the February issue of ESSENCE magazine.

During the exclusive interview in their Chicago penthouse, the media mogul revealed that a massive tax lien almost ruined his marriage of seven years.

“The first thing the Harveys had to do together was face the IRS,” the publication reported. “According to Steve, no sooner had they been married than he learned his accountant had died, leaving seven years’ worth of Steve’s tax returns unfiled. Tax payment checks made out by Steve were attached to the returns, but had not been mailed out, evidently, for years…the same year the Harveys vowed to stay together ‘for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,’ Steve Harvey was hit with a staggering $20 million tax bill.”

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“No one has ever even heard this story,” Harvey shared, adding that his confidants advised him not to tell Marjorie.

“She’ll leave you,” they said. “This is the happiest we’ve ever seen you..but nobody is going to stick around with this kind of mess.”

Despite everyone’s opinion, Steve said he told his wife every detail. “I said, ‘If this woman leaves me over this, I will be the most surprised man on planet Earth.’“ As history now knows, their love wasn’t based on money or superficial things because Marjorie stayed.

“Every great man has a woman… I didn’t say successful man, I said great man,” he told the magazine. “Yeah, maybe you’re successful if you sign a $16 million NBA contract. But greatness is when you’re the husband and father you’re supposed to be. When everyone surrounding you looks up to you, depends on you, and you come through for them. That’s greatness.”

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“Do you think Dr. Martin Luther King was anything without Coretta,” he asked. “You take Michelle out of Barack Obama’s equation, and he is a whole other dude out there.”

“Everything I have,” he added, “is because of this girl right here.”

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