Denzel Washington has fired back at reports his marriage is in trouble due to his womanising ways.

The Oscar-winner is still puzzled by the rumours of infidelity and love children, and he's breaks his silence in the upcoming Hollywood issue of Essence magazine.

He says, "I've heard (the rumours). Having babies, I've left home and all this... I'm a big boy. I can take it.

"But what bothers me about all of that stuff is the effect on the family."

The actor tells the publication that he and his wife of 22 years, PAULETTA, are standing firm together to fight the crazy reports.