monique & sidney

*You may not have heard, but Mo’Nique and her husband Sidney Hicks have created a podcast.

According to Essence, in their new podcast titled “Open Relationship,” the couple is detailing their “open marriage” situation to the world.

In the past when Mo’ spoke about their relationship as being “open,” it gave the impression that they were swingers and were, not too surprisingly, were experiencing marital issues.

Well Essence has done the dirty work (just joking) and listened to the podcast, which debuted on Friday (01-15-16) and broke it down for us.

It All Started With An ESSENCE Interview
“In 2006, I did an article in ESSENCE magazine with Jill Scott saying that I was in an open relationship,” said Mo’Nique. “And when I tell you back then people lost their minds. Now when I first told Sydney that I told Jill that in the interview, [he said] ‘Mama, that’s gonna backfire on you.’”

Yes, Mo’Nique Has Been With Other Men
“A lot of people have asked what does it mean. 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…so when I sat down and said this is what I want initially it was because I wanted to still have sex with who I was seeing and I didn’t want it to be where I was keeping anything from my best friend. 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 sexually, but still open to it.” – Mo’Nique

It Was All Mo’Nique’s Idea, Not Sidney’s
“When you pull it up, and you [look] up celebrities in open marriage and you see Will and Jada, whoever the person is the author of that article they say well we can understand why they would be in a open marriage they’re both beautiful people. When they start talking about Brad and Angelina, they said, ‘Well we can understand—they’re both beautiful people. The moment it got to my damn picture with my husband they said, ‘Oh, we hope Mo’Nique not gon’ let him just use her like that, 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…she’s gonna let this man do anything he wants to do because she’s famous and she has money and now she can have whatever she wants, but she’s gonna let the man use her and abuse her. No one knew it wasn’t Sidney’s idea to have an open marriage. It was mine. I want to say that again. It was not Sidney’s idea to have an open marriage; it was mine.” – Mo’Nique

You can get MORE of this story at Essence.