TMZ caught up with Akon at LAX a few days ago and asked him about his beliefs in polygamy. In case you didn’t know, yes, Akon believes in having multiple wives. Years ago he stated “I can afford to have as many wives as I can afford to have.” He looked very happy that someone was interested in what he had to say on the subject, being that not many female Americans would like his views. He explained to the cameramen that guys are “natural breeders,” and it was intended for men to lay up with multiple chicks. He also said that there are too many folks out here treating their dating relationships like marriage and should be testing out the waters more than being locked down in some monogamous relationship. *puts hand on forehead* he needs to go back to Africa with all that nonsense before he get these American men beat up. Here are some highlights:
If America adopted that [polygamy] culture there would be less domestic disputes. The average guy in the world has a main girl and they got a side chick. And then they got a jumpoff. At the end of the day as a male we are natural breeders by nature. We can’t even escape it if we wanted to. Let’s say you put 1,000 guys on one corner and one bad chick walk past. You gon’ see 1,000 heads go, ‘Damn.’ They don’t even know why they doing it. They’re natural breeders. It’s in their genes, they can’t help it. Even if you’re walking with your girl and you’re holding her hand and you see a bad chick walk by and she lookin’ at you like, ‘Boy you better not look,’ you gonna wanna look so bad and you don’t even know why that urge is there, but you’re a natural breeder. It’s what we do. Men are put on this earth to breed and the reason why God put multiple women on this earth is for that.
On reproduction When looking at reproduction, there’s always going to be more reproducing than actual reproducers themselves. There’s more to it scientifically, but as humans, women need to take more time to understand men. If they can do that I think things will work out better for us.
On Marriage Marriage just solidifies a relationship between a man and a woman spiritually under God’s eyes. So, I can be spiritually attached to her, and still be spiritually attached to [another woman], and still be spiritually attached to [yet another woman]. Now, when you’re talking about commitment, understanding, loyalty…that’s a different conversation because what happens now is that people are having relationships, boyfriend and girlfriend, and treating it like it’s actually marriage. You’re just dating. The whole purpose of dating is so you can date this one, and date this one, and date this one until you find out, ‘Okay, this is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. Okay, now I commit to what’s called marriage.’ 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.
Back in 2006 after Akon sat down with Angie Martinez and spilled the tea on his multiple wives situation, he told AllHipHop.com that he got some heat from people behind the scenes who wanted him to keep his private business to himself but most men he knows have multiple girlfriends.
In the [music] business, it’s not just Muslims doing it. You got Jews that practice it and all that kind of stuff. I think the average guy is doing right now. He’s just not married. Everybody that I hang with got multiple girlfriends.
Also, in 2007, Akon’s former fiancée, a 23-year-old model named Rachel, revealed why she walked away from Akon before it was time to walk down the aisle and become his fourth wife:
The reality check really came when Akon told me he had his fifth child with one of his wives. For the first few months I got completely freaked out because even though I knew he had other wives, I never really thought about him being with them because his main attention was always on me – or so I thought. He does not live with his wives but the birth of his latest child made everything become real and made me realize that I would always have to share the man I love while accepting his other relationships. I came from a past that was very dramatic and [abusive] into a relationship that appeared to be perfect. There was never any friction. Akon was honest with me about his mutiple wives from the start, which never got in the way of our relationship because his wives live in various parts of the world, so I thought why fix it if it’s not broken? But now I have a had a complete change of heart. Akon’s love and attention was not enough. I want a lot more from a man – I need him to be active in my life not passive. It’s not Akon’s fault. He is only following his cultural and religious tradition and I had to decide whether I wanted to be a part of his customs. In the end I chose to walk away. I wish him all the best and I hope that we can still remain friends.
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