- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 14, 2016

Actress and comedian Mo’Nique defended her open marriage during an appearance Tuesday on the Fox daytime talk show “The Preachers,” suggesting adultery is only morally wrong if it’s committed without the spouse’s knowledge.

“The biblical part, I’ve got to ask, is — not as entertainers but as believers — how do you find that balance that we say that the bedroom is sacred for the two of you?” asked co-host Jamal Bryant, an AME pastor from Baltimore.

“Who am I to tell her what she can and cannot do?” Mo’Nique’s husband, actor Sidney Hicks, replied. “And, if I did tell her what she could and could not do, is there a possibility that she could still do it anyway?”

“And then that’s called cheating,” Mo’Nique added. “And then that’s called what you guys consider a sin.”

“Finances and infidelity will shut it down every time, but we’re too afraid to say, ‘let me tell you how I’m really feeling,’ ” the Oscar-winning actress said.

“It was my idea because … I’m an entertainer, and this is my best friend, ever. And what I did not want to do was be dishonest with my best friend,” Mo’Nique explained to Mr. Bryant and co-host John Gray, an associate pastor at Houston’s Lakewood Church. “There may be times when I want to be with other men.

“It was my idea, because I wanted to be open and honest with the person that I was going to spend the rest of my life with,” she said.

According to the program’s official website, “The Preachers” is a twist on the “popular panel talk show that features four dynamic and outspoken preachers known for their electrifying and unique takes on pop culture, news events and spirituality.”


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