Mo’Nique Says THIS Is The Key To Her Open Matrimony-dom

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Mo'Nique Gabrielle Union on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live

Mo’Nique Says Open Marriage Isn’t About Sex

Mo’Nique launched a podcast about her and husband Sidney Hicks’ open marriage earlier this year — but people still have PLENTY of questions. Mo, Omar Epps and Gabrielle Union visited Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen this week and Andy asked about what rules the couple has in the bedroom. Mo’Nique replied, “The rule is simply honesty.”

Here’s more of her explanation, via US Weekly:

“When you start asking people about relationships … What about this one? What about that one? Often times with people we can’t say, ‘This is how I’m feeling.’ You find out, it’s so not about sex. It’s so not about, ‘Can you be with other people?'”

Mo’Nique, who began dating Hicks as a teen and married him in May 2006, went on to say that the secret to their longevity is the fact that they have no secrets.

“It’s simply about I won’t take any secrets to my grave nor will he take any to his,” she explained. “We’ve been married for a decade now.”

The Baltimore native, who launched the Mo’Nique & Sidney’s Open Relationship podcast back in January, insisted that the open marriage was her idea, contrary to what others might say.

“Now the world took and said, ‘Oh, my God, Mo’Nique will let that man sleep with anybody, because she’s a fat girl and he’s a beautiful man,’” she told Cohen. “I’m like, ‘OK, world. It wasn’t his idea. It was mine.'”

“[The open marriage] was my idea. When we first had the conversation, it was because I was still in the mindset of ‘I’m an entertainer; I’m a performer and I want to have it all.’ So I said, ‘I want to have an open marriage.’ … It was just being able to sit down and have that dialogue to say, ‘Hey, let’s always make sure we’re open and honest.’”

Mo’Nique believes that everyone should at least “try it for [themselves] and find out” if it works for them. “Now almost 11 years later, of course it’s evolved,” she shared, “and it’s evolved into this beautiful space of no secrets.”

She really knows how to sell this stuff. What do you think about Mo’Nique’s explanation? Feels like Jada Pinkett has said similar things about her open marriage being more about honesty. Do you think couple’s that give each other this kind of freedom really do have more honesty? Would you try this at home?

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