Monogamy isn’t for everybody! While some celebrity marriages crash and burn, others have found the key to everlasting matrimony and it doesn’t involve monogamy. Fact is there are a host of Hollywood couples who are not following the traditional rules when it comes to marriage. Here are five who have been candid about their open marriage.
SHAMARI & RONNIE DEVOE
Real Housewives of Atlanta newbie Shamari DeVoe dropped a bomb during Sunday’s episode revealing that she and husband Ronald “Ronnie” DeVoe were once in an open marriage. According to the Blaque singer she initiated the open relationship so she could experiment with another woman. “We were on the brink of divorce,” she explained. “We were going through some really bad times and there was a girl that I was interested in and I wanted to do something different. I was bi-curious!” It lasted for a year and a half before the mother of twin boys, Ronald and Roman, decided to end it.
MONIQUE AND SIDNEY HICKS
The Oscar winner first opened up to Essence in 2006 about her open marriage with husband Sidney Hicks. At the time she received a lot of backlash for her views regarding monogamy and later clarified that it was her idea not her husbands. “It wasn’t my husband’s idea, it was my idea 11 years ago. 11 years ago I was in a place of, ‘I want my cake, I wanna eat it too.’ I’m famous. […],” she told radio host Sway. The couple also set the record straight on their podcast “Mo’Nique and Sidney’s Open Relationship saying, “we’ve since evolved but still in an open marriage.”
The rapper and producer has been married to his wife Amber Najm since 2003. Since then he has been open about their sex life and how they like to include others in it. But that doesn’t mean it’s like other people’s open marriages. According to TMZ, T-Pain and his wife have an open relationship, but there’s a catch. T can bring girls home, but Amber has to be there either watching or participating. Hmmm, interesting!
It’s no secret rap star Akon, real name, Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam wholeheartedly believes in polygamy. Back in 2103 he told TMZ that America would a better place if it allowed polygamy. He also revealed that he has four women that he calls wives. The Senegalese MC reportedly is married to Tomeka Thiam and has 6 children by 3 different women. He told Blender he has great relationships with all the women and wishes to keep his family protected from the public eye.
WILL SMITH & JADA PINKETT SMITH
Rumors about Will and Jada’s allegedly open relationship are so rampant that Jada even took to Facebook to clarify the whole situation. In her 2013 post, she wrote: “Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship…this means we have a GROWN one.” Unfortunately that only intensified peoples speculation about their relationship. The couple would later discuss their marital struggles in depth during Pinkett’s Facebook Watch show “Red Table Talk” and even addressed those longstanding rumors that they are swingers. According to Smith they are NOT swingers, but we’re still on the fence about if the marriage is open or not.