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The Mowry twins were born in Gelnhausen, West Germany to Darlene Mowry (née Flowers), who managed her children's careers and also worked as a security guard.Their mother who is Bahamian American, and father, who is British American, met in high school in Miami, Florida. Both joined the U.S. Army, and both would eventually reach the rank of Sergeant. During a live taping of The Wendy Williams Show in 2010, Mowry announced that for years, she and her twin sister believed they were of Italian descent on their father's side; however, after researching their family tree on Ancestry.com, they quickly discovered that he was instead of British/Irish descent. The family is "close-knit" and "deeply religious. The twins became born again Christians when they were eight. They also have two younger brothers, actor Tahj Mowry and Tavior Mowry, who is not an actor.

As of now both twins have married and have children of their own. Tia, had a son named Cree with husband Cory and Tamera is expecting and due by the end of the year. Tamera married Fox News Correspondent Adam Housley.

They currently film a reality television show called, “Tia & Tamera” on the STYLE television network.