Last week, Jada Pinkett Smith caused a stir when she spoke out about her 'open relationship' with husband Will.
And the commotion that her comments raised certainly shed light on other A-list couples that have also admitted in the past that monogamy was not necessarily for them. After all, who is to say how any two people should dictate their relationship and what if an open relationship is in fact the way to a deeper connection?
Take a look at the following 7 relationships that have proven that, in fact, an open relationship can be a very good thing indeed:
1. Tilda Swinton & John Byrne
The pair are raising children, yet each also has a lover outside of their marriage. Whilst Tilda is with artist Sandro Kopp, John also has a lady friend on the side. Speaking of the unusual circumstances, she agrees it is not particularly normal, saying:
"It may seem odd but it is certainly the best thing for the children. It's not something I try to promote as a radical lifestyle choice. But it's a situation I find very healthy. I can maintain my life with my children and their father and spend time with the man I've become very fond of. I am very fortunate there has been a lot of understanding by the men."
It seems Tilda has got herself a pretty sweet deal there!
2. Megan Fox & Brian Austin Green
Apparently, Megan and her husband have a half-open relationship. Whilst she's allowed to be with other men, Brian is forbidden to do so - if it's true, it doesn't really seem very fair, does it?
Either way, apparently the arrangement is working because the pair are still together.
3. Will Smith & Jada Pinkett-Smith
The power couple have been known to publicly discuss their open relationship. In the past, Will has said:
“Our perspective is, you don’t avoid what’s natural and you’re going to be attracted to people. If it came down to it, then one would say to the other: ‘Look, I need to have sex with somebody. Now I’m not going to do it if you don’t approve of it.'”
And only last week, Jada shed further light on the matter, claiming:
"Here’s what I trust: The man that Will is, is a man of integrity. He’s got all the freedom in the world…as long as Will can look in the mirror and be okay, I’m good.”
4. Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
Having been together since 2005 and now with a brood of six kids, Angie and Brad have hinted at an open relationship. In particular, Jolie once said:
“I doubt that fidelity is absolutely essential for a relationship. It’s worse to leave your partner and talk badly about him afterward. Neither Brad nor I have ever claimed that living together means to be chained together. We make sure that we never restrict each other.”
I guess for them, having that freedom makes them more desirable to each other. A little like in this clip from Mr. & Mrs. Smith perhaps:
5. Dolly Parton & Carl Dean
Dolly has been married to Carl since 1966 and yes, there have been many rumors of affairs during that time. Yet, the country singer claims that it's exactly this that makes their marriage work:
“I don’t want to know it, if he’s cheating on me. If I’m cheating on him, he wouldn’t want to know it. And if we do, if that’s what’s making it work, then that’s fine too.”
6. T-Pain & Amber Najm
The rapper has been married to Amber for over a decade and they remain incredibly devoted to each other. Another thing they hold in common, however, is their interest in getting it on with other ladies together, allowing another woman into the bedroom as long as both of them are down with it.
Well, whatever floats their boat!
7. Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake
At the beginning of their relationship, the pair apparently exercised an open relationship with Justin setting up rules that apparently fuelled his adoration of the ladies.
And later in an interview, he said:
"It’s nice to marry my best friend, it suits me.”
Clearly a mutual understanding of one's needs blossomed into a very beautiful thing. Congratulations, guys!