The Oscar-winning actress and comedian first revealed back in 2006 that she and her husband/manager, Sidney Hicks, had an open marriage.
It became such a talking point, the pair even co-hosted a podcast titled, “Mo’Nique& Sidney’s Open Relationship.”
But she now says she “grew out” of the arrangement.
The Oscar winner, in a wide-ranging interview with The Hollywood Reporter, spoke about her relationship with Hicks, with whom she shares 17-year-old twin sons. Mo’Nique, 55, said Hicks is “the best manager that I’ve ever had, and I’ve had the big boys,” and added that they are practically inseparable as a couple.
“Life began to happen. I began to see a strength I had never seen before. He loved me at my worst. I didn’t want to sacrifice that just for a lay. So I grew out of that.”
The actress also shared that Hicks – whom she met in 10th grade – is ‘the best manager that I’ve ever had, and I’ve had the big boys.’
The Oscar winner has previously been candid about the couple’s open marriage in various interviews.
‘We have an agreement that we’ll always be honest, and if sex happens with another person, that’s not a deal breaker for us, that’s not something where we’ll have to say, “Oh God, we’ve got to go to divorce court because you cheated on me.” Because we don’t cheat,’
At the time she also added that the agreement was her idea.
‘Sidney had this one thing he had to teach me, and that was reciprocity. He said, “If you can have that, it’s only fair that I can have that, too.”’
‘I wanted to continue to see the gentlemen that I was seeing, and I felt comfortable telling my best friend [Hicks]. I’m grateful he taught me I had to play fair.’
Prior to Hicks, she was married to Mark Jackson from 1997 to 2001. They have two sons: Mark Eric Jackson Jr. and Shalon Calvin Jackson.
Elsewhere in the interview Mo’Nique also addressed her 13-year feud with Precious director Lee Daniels, 63, and how it began when she refused to board a flight to go promote the film unless she got paid.