Stephen A. Smith, the outspoken ESPN personality and host of his own podcast, has recently opened up about his views on marriage and divorce in a candid and controversial episode. Smith, who has never been married, but has two children from previous relationships, revealed some of the reasons why he has chosen to remain single at the age of 55.
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Smith admitted that he had a “past rife with some degree of promiscuity”, but denied that it was the main factor behind his decision to avoid marriage. Instead, he said that he was concerned about the financial and emotional consequences of divorce, especially for men who have to pay alimony and child support to their ex-wives.
Smith cited the examples of rapper Jeezy and actor Kevin Costner, who are both going through divorces with their respective wives, Jeannie Mai and Christine Baumgartner. Smith cited reports alleging that Mai, who is a TV host and has a net worth of $4 million, is “after” Jeezy’s money, who is worth $20 million. He also criticized Baumgartner, who had sought $175,000 per month in child support from Costner, who has a net worth of $250 million. A judge later ordered Costner to pay $63,000 per month for their three children.
Smith argued that men should not have to pay for their ex-wives to maintain their quality of life after a divorce, unless they have done something wrong or abusive. He said that he did not understand why a woman should get a share of a man’s wealth just because they were married for a certain period of time. He said that he would rather pay for his children’s education and well-being than for his ex-wife’s lifestyle.
“If Kevin Costner’s monthly child support enables the children to maintain the quality of life he once provided, why should he have to pay extra so the wife that he’s no longer with gets to maintain her quality of life? Y’all ain’t together!” Smith said.
Smith also said that he hoped to get married someday, but only if he found someone who would love him for who he is and not for his money or fame. He said that he was looking forward to walking down the aisle, and standing on the altar waiting for his “beautiful bride” to come sauntering down the aisle. He also joked that he would prioritize the honeymoon more than the wedding itself.
Smith’s comments on marriage and divorce have sparked mixed reactions from his fans and critics, some of whom agreed with his views and others who accused him of being sexist and bitter. Smith has not responded to the backlash yet, but he is known for being outspoken and unapologetic about his opinions.
If Stephen A. Smith does ever get married, it would only make sense for him to walk Molly Qerim down that aisle.