When Akon performs his #1 Billboard single "I Wanna Love You," he isn't just talking about his wife.
The 40-year-old singer, who was born in St. Louis and raised in Senegal, says in a new interview with Larry King that he believes that men and women are built differently, and therefore monogamy isn't realistic… for men.
In the preview clips posted Wednesday from the "Larry King Now" interview on Ora.TV (the full interview will be posted on Thursday), King brings up a past statement from Akon in which he said that men are not meant to be monogamous.
"I was just speaking from an honest men's perspective, for me," says the hip-hop artist. "I don't speak for all men. But if all men were cloned to be me, I don't think it's possible."
When Larry reminds Akon that he's married, he replies, "Yeah," and confesses he's not monogamous.
"How does your wife handle that?" asks King.
"They just know it's me," he says. "She loves me for who I am."
"Would it bother you if she was not monogamous?"
"Yes, it would."
Sounds like a double standard to us — and Larry.
"Actually, no, it's not," Akon tells King. "A woman don't just wake up one day and say, 'Oh, I'm gonna sleep with that guy.' But a guy do wake up one day and say, 'I'm gonna sleep with that woman.'"
The "Smack That" singer then elaborates that he's raising his own children to approach life with the laws of nature (at least as he sees them!) taken into account.
However, Akon's not the first celeb to say that he doesn't believe monogamy is natural.
Ethan Hawke, whose marriage to Uma Thurman ended in 2004 surrounded by accusations of infidelity — recently spoke with clothing retailer Mr. Porter about his feelings on the topic. The actor, 43, has been married for six years now to Ryan Shawhughes, with whom he has two children.
"People have such a childish view of monogamy and fidelity," Hawke said. "'He's cheated so he's bad, she's cheated so she's bad,' as opposed to a recognition that our species is not monogamous. To act all indignant, that your world has been rocked because your lover wasn't faithful to you, is a little bit like acting rocked that your hair went gray."
He continued, "My relationship with my present wife is thrilling to me and I'm committed to it. But neither she nor I know what shape the future will come in. Sexual fidelity can't be the whole thing you hang your relationship on. If you really love somebody, you want them to grow, but you don't get to define how that happens. They do."
"I've always told Will, 'You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay,'" she originally said on camera, later writing in her Facebook post, "Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship...this means we have a GROWN one."
And back in 2006, while promoting her Woody Allen film "Match Point," the recently engaged Scarlett Johansson told reporters, "I don't think human beings are monogamous creatures by nature."
Not surprisingly, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is not a fan of being faithful. "I think that monogamy is something that has been invented along the way to take care of children," he told Fox News in 2010, adding that he believes it's possible, just not the natural instinct of human beings.
We can only imagine what Charlie Sheen thinks about the topic.
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