Monica is going through a divorce from her husband, Shannon Brown. The celebrity mom stopped by SWAY’S Universe radio show to talk about how separation is affecting her children.
“I’m in the middle of a divorce,” Monica said. “[My kids are] definitely impacted, even more than us because we know what’s taking place sometimes when they don’t,” she explained. “[In] their minds, they’re always trying to figure it out. They’re always trying to figure out what happened, why [did it happen], and what he changes may be.”
Monica went on to tell the radio show’s co-hosts, “My main focus was to make sure that they were okay. … [It’s all about] honesty. The policy of honesty. Making sure they know what’s going on. Not the crazy stuff that are (sic) for adults only, but things that will help them to sift through whatever they may read.”
Monica filed for divorce from Shannon Brown back in March. The celebrity mom, for the most part, has been relatively silent about how she and her kids are coping with the change. Her interview with SWAY’s, however, was quite transparent.
“My 11-year-old asked me, ‘Can you stop divorce?’ … He read that I filed [for divorce],” Monica said during the conversation. “I had a great conversation with them prior, but I didn’t go into that part of it,” she added. “And he asked me, ‘Well, can you stop it?'”
“And I asked him, ‘Did you ask me that because you were asked? Or, are you asking because it’s something you want to know?’ And he said, ‘No, it’s something I want to know. Like, can you stop it? What does it mean? What does it take? What does it require?’ So I told him the truth.”
Speaking of truth, Monica told the radio show’s co-hosts that she consistently tells her kids that her impending divorce from Shannon Brown is not because of them. “We talk about how nothing that’s happening is because of them,” the celebrity mom revealed. “If anything, they made a lot of bad situations better. Their existence changed who I am.”
Monica and Shannon Brown were married for eight years before separating. The former couple has one child, Laiyah Brown, together. Monica’s sons, Romelo and Rodney Jr., are the singer’s children with Rodney “Rocko” Hill, Sr.
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