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HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 01:  Sidney Hicks (L) and actress Mo'Nique arrive at the screening of "Precious: Based On The Novel 'PUSH' By Sapphire" during AFI FEST 2009 held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 1, 2009 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)   Original Filename: GYI0058800931.jpg
HOLLYWOOD - NOVEMBER 01: Sidney Hicks (L) and actress Mo'Nique arrive at the screening of "Precious: Based On The Novel 'PUSH' By Sapphire" during AFI FEST 2009 held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on November 1, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI) Original Filename: GYI0058800931.jpg
Society

Open marriage: I asked for it because I had a side piece – Mo’Nique

Mfonobong Akpan

Months ago Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique defended her open marriage and blamed slavery for why so many people have a problem with the arrangement. Now she’s back in the headlines once again, but this
time she’s dragging Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith into the drama.

In a recent podcast Mo’Nique recorded with her husband, she claims they decided to have an open marriage because she had a side piece at the time.

Initially, when I asked for it, it was because I wanted to continue to see the gentlemen that I was seeing, and I felt comfortable telling my best friend [Hicks] that…and I didn’t want it to be where I was keeping anything from my best friend,” she explained. “That’s how it initially started, and when I tell you the conversations that we’ve had, it has taken me to a different place where I’m not even thinking of another man s*xually, but still open to it.”

Mo’Nique has also explained that her and Hicks have been best friends since the actress was 14, and that she trusted him enough to have the honest conversation, “which unfortunately some of us are afraid to have.”

…Speaking of, another thing the actress and comedienne addressed was the prejudice she faces ever since she went public with being in an open marriage. She says that while other celebrity couples like Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Brangelina, never have to defend their reportedly open marriages, Mo’s is looked at with pity. “’Oh, we hope Mo’Nique not gon’ let him just use her like that,’” she recalled people saying behind her back.  “Because society looks at me and they see a woman that looks like [she] couldn’t possibly have a man that looks like that if there was not something else involved in it…No one knew that it wasn’t Sidney’s idea to have an open marriage. It was mine.”

source: urbanbellemag.com

photo credit: thatgrapejuice.