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Mo'Nique and Sidney Hicks Marriage Profile

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Mo'Nique and Sidney Hicks in Los Angeles, California on January 23, 2010.

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Based on their long friendship with one another, the apparent open marriage of Mo'Nique and Sidney Hicks is rooted in their trust in one another and in their honesty with each other. Here is more information about Mo'Nique and Sidney's marriage.
Fast Marriage Facts - Sidney and Mo'Nique
Met: While in high school.
Married: May 20, 2006.
First Marriage: No.

Did You Know?
Mo'Nique has said that sex outside of their marriage is not a deal-breaker for either one of them.

Born:

Monique "Mo'Nique" Imes: December 11, 1967 in Woodlawn, Maryland.

Sidney Hicks: Abt. 1967.

How Sidney and Mo'Nique Met:

Mo'Nique and Sidney have been friends since they were in high school.
"It took a 20-year journey of friendship to place actress-comedienne Mo'Nique and her fiance, actor Sidney Hicks, onto the path of love. It all started in their 10th-grade English class. Back then, Mo'Nique called Sidney 'goofy;' back then Sidney called Mo'Nique his 'knucklehead.'"
Source: "10 Hottest Couples." Ebony. 2/2006. pg. 160.

Wedding Date:

Mo'Nique and Sidney were married on May 20, 2006 in an island ceremony. Her best friend, Michele Bowens Brooks, was maid of honor at all three of Mo'Nique's weddings.

Children:

Mo'Nique has four children.
  • Mark Jackson, Jr: Born abt. 1987.
  • Shalon Watkins Jr: Born abt. 1991.
  • Jonathan Hicks: Born in 2005.
  • David Hicks: Born in 2005.

Sidney has a son, Michael Hicks, born abt. 2003.

Occupations:

Mo'Nique: Actress, comedienne, author, producer, talk show host.

Sidney: Actor, television writer, producer.

Previous Marriages:

Mo'Nique has two previous marriages.
  • Shalon Watkins Sr: Mo'Nique described her marriage to Shalon as "very rocky." It ended in divorce.
  • Mo'Nique: "I thought that I could fix [Shalon Sr.]. That's what I thought," she says. After leaving him, she turned their tumultuous relationship into fodder for her act. "The stage allows me to release. I don't regret one second of that marriage. I had to go down that path to get [here]."
    Source: Nicholas Fonseca. "Big Girls Don't Cry." Entertainment Weekly. 5/2/2003. pg. 34.

  • Mark Davis Jackson: Mo'Nique and Mark were married on December 25, 1997. They split in July 2001.
Mo'Nique: "My ex-husband, Mark, deserved that money. He gave up his life to move to Hollywood with me, and we lived in an apartment with mice. Then we had issues in our relationship, which is why we're no longer married. But I never thought I couldn't find love again."
Source: Jill Scott. "Mo'Nique's New Change." Essence. 7/2006. pg. 146.

Quotes About the Marriage of Mo'Nique and Sidney Hicks:

Mo'Nique: "Oftentimes, people get into marriages and they don't know who they're laying next to. I'm very comfortable and secure with my husband."
Source: Tom McCarthy. "Mo'Nique on Why She Refuses to Shave." ABCNews.go.com. 3/05/2010.

Sidney on their open marriage: “My love is for her, and while I have not been intimate with anyone else, if I did, it wouldn’t take anything away from our relationship.”
Source: "Mo'Nique Talks to Barbara Walters About her Open Marriage." TheLifeFiles.com. 3/04/2010.

Mo'Nique about their open marriage: "Open means, you know what, let me tell you my every secret, my fantasies, my thoughts, so that way, there are no surprises ... I have not had sex outside of my marriage with Sidney. Could I have sex outside of my marriage with Sidney? Yes. Could Sid have sex outside of his marriage with me? Yes. That's not a deal-breaker ... What if it's 20 times?" said Mo'Nique, who has twin boys with Hicks and a son from an earlier marriage. "That's not something that ... would make us say, 'Pack your things and let's end the marriage,' because we've been best friends for ... is it over 25 years? And we truly know who we are. Truly."
Source: Lauren Sher. "Mo'Nique on Sex Outside Marriage: 'That's Not a Deal-Breaker.'" ABCNews.go.com. 3/04/2010.

Mo'Nique: "I married my best friend. Sid and I don't put a label on what works for us because it's ours. But some people might say that we have an open relationship. Some people consider sex outside of marriage to be cheating, but I think you're cheating when you lie and keep secrets. We're honest with each other ... I'm not scared to say that I'm on my third husband, and it feels good to wake up and feel him on my back or me on his."
Source: Jill Scott. "Mo'Nique's New Change." Essence. 7/2006. pg. 146.

Sidney: "From the beginning we were silly, and that's the way we've always been together."
Source: "10 Hottest Couples." Ebony. 2/2006. pg. 160.

Pamela Johnson: "But they stayed connected and maintained a friendship that has lasted through her two marriages and divorces, his girlfriends, and the children they've each had along the way -- her Mark, 19, and Shalon, 15, and his little Michael, 2."
Source: Pamela K. Johnson. "Mo'Nique's Moment." Essence. 12/2005. pg. 154.

Sidney: "The most special time I have with her is when we wake up and have a long conversation."
Source: Pamela K. Johnson. "Mo'Nique's Moment." Essence. 12/2005. pg. 154.

Mo'Nique: "I have the most incredible family life and if I told you how good it was, you might say, '[ex] stop playing!' My husband was my best friend for 25 years and he totally gets what I do."
Source: Ramon Johnson. "Interview with Mo'Nique." GayLife.about.com.

Mo'Nique: "We're still trying to figure it out. It's not really weird. It's actually the best thing that's ever happened to me. Most women say they want to marry their best friend, and I'm literally marrying my best friend. He's been my brother, my father. He's been everything, and now we're having kids together ... It's really wonderful because he knows me, knows all my secrets. There is 100% trust there. We have a 25-year friendship. Twenty-five solid years."
Source: Aldore D. Collier. "Mo'Nique: Talks About Her." Jet. 8/8/2005. pg. 60.

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