What happens between consenting adults in a relationship is their business, and even the concept of monogamy isn’t for everybody. Some couples choose to be in open relationships, where one or the other is allowed to occasionally stray. Usually there are some mutually agreed upon rules about this, such as being upfront and honest about it rather than sneaking around, yet others prefer not to know anything about their partner’s extracurricular dalliances. Celebrities are not immune to this concept. Here are eight famous couples who have their own definitions of fidelity.
Here’s a transcript of the video:
Remaining faithful to one partner for an extended period of time is difficult, even if you are truly in love. That’s why these eight celebrity couples allow each other to sleep around.
1. RACHAEL RAY AND JOHN CUSIMANO
Supposedly, celebrity chef John Cusimano is a regular patron of a swinger’s club in NYC. Rachel and John have been married for eight years but it is publicly known that Cusimano steps out on his wife from time to time.
2. MO’NIQUE AND SIDNEY HICKS
Married since 2006 and with two sons together, Mo’Nique, has been very open about her relationship saying, “-if sex happens with another person, 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.”
3. WILL SMITH AND JADA PINKETT-SMITH
Will once stated in an interview, “Our perspective is, you don’t avoid what’s natural and you’re going to be attracted to people. If it came down to it, then one would say to the other: ‘Look, I need to have sex with somebody. Now I’m not going to do it if you don’t approve of it.’”
4. PINK AND CAREY HART
Pink and professional motocross racer Carey Hart married in 2006 and began a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. They split in 2008 due to the toils of cheating and have since reconciled, deciding to forgo this open relationship arrangement.
5. BRAD PITT AND ANGELINA JOLIE
Together since 2005, and mother of 6, Jolie, admitted to having an open relationship with Pitt. She said, “I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship. Living together doesn’t mean being chained together. We make sure that we never restrict each other.”
6. T-PAIN AND AMBER NAJM
Although the pair have three children, they both enjoy including other women in the bedroom, however Najm must first approve and be in control at all times. Neither partner is supposed to stray without the other being involved. It’s not cheating if they’re doing it together!
7. DOLLY PARTON AND CARL DEAN
Married to businessman Carl Dean since 1966, Parton has been rumored to have had a number of affairs throughout their marriage and prefers to turn a blind eye saying; “I don’t want to know it, if he’s cheating on me. If I’m cheating on him, he wouldn’t want to know it.”
8. LARRY KING AND SHAWN SOUTHWICK
Larry King and his seventh wife, Shawn Southwick have been married for nearly two decades and are both aware of each other’s constant infidelity. However, Southwick drew the line in 2010 when King had an affair with her sister. She filed for divorce but the pair have reconciled since.
If both partners can agree on an arrangement who are we to say that open relationships can’t work? What are your thoughts?