Singer Akon has a lot to say about relationships and monogamy. The 40-year-old singer, who hit with Konvicted in 2006, says that his polygamous relationships (he reportedly had five children with four wives as of 2007) are actually the norm and he’s just being upfront and honest about it. In 2007, his 23-year-old fiancee told the media she’d decided against being his fifth “wife” saying that although he didn’t live with any of them, and had been honest about their existence she could no longer see herself in that kind of relationship.
TMZ talked to Akon at Los Angeles International airport and he was candid on his feelings about monogamy. He told the TMZ cameraman that “You find that one woman that supplies everything that you desire in a woman, of course that will be a motivation to stick with that one woman, but I don’t know no one woman that can satisfy every man’s one need. It’s impossible. Just like there’s not one man that can satisfy a woman’s every need, but women aren’t built to breed like that or mate with more than one partner. Women aren’t built that way, men are.”
Akon went on to say that just about every man he knows has multiple girlfriends (but he is in the music business). We hope that doesn’t apply to all of his family, as actress Tracee Ellis Ross has been rumored to be his brother’s girlfriend. He also says that men are put on this earth to breed and that women are here to provide them with a source to do so.
So, is Akon right? Or is he just another man trying to pass off womanizing with a justification? It has been said that he is Muslim, which allows multiple marriages for men under specific conditions, although it is not something that every Muslim practices. Are men who spout these kinds of beliefs just following a patriarchal mindset that will change as women become more and more educated and financially independent?
After all, no one is saying that women should have multiple husbands, because according to Akon, women are not “built to mate with more than one party?” (So how does that explain women with more than one child by more than one man, as is becoming more common?)
Is Akon crazy? Or is he telling the truth most women don’t want to hear? You tell us.