Marques Houston has been criticized for saying that women his age often come with “baggage or children”.
The 41-year-old singer and actor – who is married to 22-year-old Miya Dickey – tried to explain why he preferred dating younger women.
“A red flag for me [was] always with a woman who had a child,” he said page six. “Nothing against single women, but single mothers with children are a red rag for me.
“I take off my hat and respect women who are raising children alone,” he added. “But growing up, I never really wanted to have kids.
“I talked to my dad a lot and he always told me to have kids of my own because you never know what little daddies are about. So if you want to have children, make sure it’s with a woman who has never had children. So that was always my red flag… and a woman with an attitude. I don’t like women with crazy attitudes.”
Dickey gave birth to the couple’s first child in 2021.
Speaking of his relationship with Dickey, the singer said: “I’m 41, she’s 22. I could have married a 44-year-old woman and it could have been disastrous.
“Women my age … they have a different outlook on life. Like many women my age, they are very independent. They’re very like, ‘I don’t need a man to do this for me because I can do it for myself.’ I come from a generation that I am happy to provide for my wife.”
Many people have condemned Houston’s comments on social media.
“Who says what Marques Houston’s opinion is?” one person wrote.
Houston’s former Immature bandmate, Young Rome, also issued a statement regarding Houston’s comments, saying, “As a member of Immature, I sincerely apologize for the insensitive comments made by my former group member Marques Houston.
“We were raised by a tribe of strong, independent women who faced difficulties we will never fully understand. Women today have enough struggles to endure, including policing their bodies, equal pay in the workplace, and standards of beauty. It is never okay to demean one group of women to praise another.”
Young Rome also made it clear that “[Houston’s] Views do not reflect those of the group.”
One person wrote: “Between Jonathan Majors, David Choe and Marques Houston, the news cycle on toxic masculinity got me depressed. Masculinity needs a better PR team because it has been synonymous with negativity for a while.”
Houston previously dated singer Jamila Chilombo My wife and children Actor Jennifer Freeman, with whom he co-starred in the 2004 film you have been served. In November 2007, rumors surfaced that Freeman and Houston were engaged, but they split a few months later.
He was also in a relationship with Marlena Campbell in 2008. He publicly confirmed their relationship in March 2010 and celebrated their second anniversary on his Twitter page. The couple reportedly split in 2015.
Houston released a new album entitled Me in February 2022. Its follow-up EP, Me: Dark waterwas released later in November.