Monica and her husband Shannon Brown tied the knot this summer for the second time in a beautiful wedding after they had a private ceremony last November. The newlyweds recently stopped by Essence magazine’s offices to speak on their love, family, and finding the positive in every negative. Take a look at the interview below.
On putting family first
My husband is my part of my greatest joys, so it doesnâ€™t feel like work or like Iâ€™m balancing anything. My husband and my kids absolutely come first, so work is just something where I figure out where it will fit. I just think thereâ€™s no comparison of the two so it makes it a lot easier. The boys are at the age now where they can travel with us and they love doing it. Of course, theyâ€™re never hesitant to go to a game or two. Shannonâ€™s work is way more exciting than momâ€™s. We find ways to make it all happen, but family is first.
On being a traditional wife
I cook for him. He can cook, but I donâ€™t think he should have to. Iâ€™m a traditional wife in every since. I like the fact that he cleans his plate. Thatâ€™s a southern thing. Iâ€™m from Georgia. When we grew up, our uncles finished off your plate and theirs, you know. I love the fact that he likes to talk to me while I cook. Itâ€™s not like I have these lonely hours where Iâ€™m in the kitchen. We talk while Iâ€™m cooking and heâ€™ll ask for things a particular way. Heâ€™s a big fan of garlic and different seasonings so I had to learn to use the ones that he likes. I like it because itâ€™s just another chance for us to communicate and to talk about whatâ€™s happened in our day. We talk about what practice was like or what my day was like.
On rumors about her and Shannon and staying positive
Well, you know the way that I am now I have nothing to say, no response. The truth needs no support. I love my husband and he loves me and I think if you sit back and you watch and you pay attention youâ€™ll see it yourself. I think that in the blogosphere the idea is to have the most controversial stuff up. Theyâ€™re not saying anything about us that theyâ€™re not saying about other couples. There arenâ€™t just stories about us up there. There are stories about lots of couples. I thank God for the fact that theyâ€™re not true and I have peace of mind.
I think that you are what you speak a lot of times and thereâ€™s power in the tongue. I feel sorry for the people who always have something negative to say. If something happens bad in my day I donâ€™t tweet about it, I pray about it, or talk to my husband about it or my mother about it and get it off of me and move on. I find the positive in the negative all the time. Any time you give something power it wins and it can continuously happen so I just let negative people know they have no place in my life. They have no place around my children. With that, Iâ€™m able to dust stuff off. Things do happen to me, I just shake â€˜em off.
On doing a reality TV show
No, weâ€™re not looking to do any reality TV. Iâ€™ve done it before and I did it because I wanted people to know that there is life â€“ great life â€“ after children. Children should be your motivation. People in the music industry try to tell you that youâ€™re old after 30. With the age comes the experience. For us, I think if we did a show we would love to do something that would really reach people like ourselves who are motivated and striving for success. If we could do something like that yes, but something where you just follow us around, no.
I think the foundation in our marriage is strong and we donâ€™t want to leave room for anything to tear up the foundation or create cracks in the wall.
Monica recently wrapped up the filming of the video for her second single “Until It’s Gone”, which will feature appearances by actors Brian White and Malinda Williams. Her new album, New Life, will be released on November 29.
Read the complete interview over at Essence.com.