Monica on Child Support: ‘I’m Not Stepping In No Court House’ [Video]

Rucuss staffJune 13, 2013

Monica doesn’t want any drama in her marriage so she makes sure she takes the necessary steps to make her family life work.

While in the studio recording with Jermaine Dupri, she had a conversation with the So So Def CEO for his web series Living The Life. Monica discussed in details how she co-parents are two sons from a past relationship with rapper Rocko. Monica, who is now married to NBA player Shannon Brown who also has a child from a previous relationship, admitted she would never go to court for child support.

Monica and Jermaine got into a serious conversation about the rising “babymama” culture. The conversation began when JD jokingly said, “Monica is the babymama that y’all need,” and  Monica quickly replied ‘she ain’t nobody’s “babymama.”

“First of all, I don’t think I like the term “babymama,’ Monica said. ”Let’s be clear, I  have two sons, I had an 11-year-relationship and two sons came from that, which was a blessing and I am now married with another child on the way. So, I don’t  know where the “babymama” part comes in.”

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Monica went on to explain how she keeps her relationship with Rocko civil. She also reveals that she will never drag him to court for child support.

“People always ask me, “How do you make a blended family work?,” she said. “It is what you make it. The first order of business as parents is we  gotta respect one another.[…] I don’t believe in the court system. I’m not steppin’ in no court house, I’m not callin’ them people[…]Now let me explain. This is my thing. I’m sure every situation may require something different, but for me, I feel like a real man will be man enough to assess the needs of his child, and make sure that it happens. I don’t need to call you and I don’t need to call the people for you.”

Monica added, “Since I feel that way, I’ve never had any discrepancies with the father of my two oldest children at all, period, point, blank. When it’s time for it to get done, he can access the needs, come in and see what they need and it gets done. Let me pause it, there is still the type… because I have girlfriends… that deal with the type of man that’s just simply selfish… Come back from Fifths with the bags and ask, “How was your day?”

Monica also talks about why her husband Shannon is the “ultimate man,” what makes a “good girl,” and why women shouldn’t nag and complain too much to their men.

“I’ll use my husband for example. My husband is a man’s man,” Monica said. “My Mother’s Day  was incredible but I don’t expect anything but good love, honesty is a must and  respect. So everything else kind of happens on its own. I’m going to say this to  any woman because I have two brothers, nagging, complaining, annoying [him] is  the worst thing you can do. I’ve learned that some things you just lay back, my  husband being the ultimate man, I don’t even have to say anything. But vice  versa, he doesn’t have to be in there fixing his own plate, vacuuming the floors and everything.

She continued, “I’m a type southern. I still enjoy being needed. I’m the boss at my job, so I  don’t feel like I should be the boss at home. Shannon’s the boss and that’s just  it. You got some high society women that will argue me down, I’m not looking for  an argument, I just know what works in my house. They say, ‘Good girls are no  fun,’ but good girls are always were they run when trouble  come.”

Watch the footage below.


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