Willow Smith comes out as Polyamorous on ‘Red Table Talk’: What does it mean?
29 April 2021, 14:32 | Updated: 29 April 2021, 14:42
Willow Smith revealed she is polyamorous after debunking marriage on 'Red Table Talk'. Here's what to know about polygamy.
Willow Smith has revealed that she has no plans to get married after she came out as polyamorous during a chat about sexuality.
The 'Transparent Soul' artist opened up about being polyamorous during a sit down with her mother Jada Pinkett Smith and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris on Red Table Talk.
The 20-year-old explained: "The history of marriage really irks me. Just the history of marriage as a whole and what it has represented over the years, for women in particular."
Willow continued: "I feel like the only way that I would get married is – let’s say me and my partner or partners wants to help people, and we need to put our finances together in order to make that vision happen."
She added: "That’s the only way I could see myself getting married." Jada had earlier asked Willow to explain how she came to be polyamorous.
Willow revealed she liked "the freedom" to be able to create a relationship that works for her needs without feeling forced to conform to monogamy because that’s what society says is the "right thing".
"So, I was like, how can I structure the way that I approach relationships with that in mind? Also, doing research into polyamory, the main reasons why monogamous relationships – or why marriage, why divorces happen – is infidelity," she added.
Jada understood where Willow was coming from and weighed in: "When you were like, “Hey, this is my get down”, I was like, 'I totally get it'"
"Wanting to set up your life in a way that you can have what it is that you want, I think anything goes as long as the intentions are clear. You know what I mean?" Jada added.
But what does it mean to be polyamorous? Here's a guide to understanding polygamy.
What does it mean to be Polyamorous?
Polyamory is defined as practicing or being open to intimate relationships with more than one person.
Dating as a polyamorous person means one isn't looking for just one person to share a romantic or sexual connection with.
Monogamy is a romantic relationship with two people who are committed exclusively to one another, which is usually seen as the 'norm' in society.
However, polyamory is one of the ways to practice consensual non-monogamy.
There are other forms of relationships such as open relationships and swinging. People have created a relationship dynamic which works for the people involved.
A myth about polyamory is that people are "cheating" on each other, but this is not accurate.
The difference between cheating and polyamory is that people who are polyamorous have come to agreements together about sex and relationships with other people.
Another misconception about polyamorous relationships is that people just "settle" just because they do not want to experience infidelity.
People in polyamorous relationships decide what type of relationship they want and work together to come up with a set of agreements they are all happy with.