Lizzo: Relationships are scary, monogamy is claustrophobic

Lizzo’s album, Special, is out now. I really like it. It’s great for working out, it takes your mind off whatever machine is kicking your @$$ at that moment. As Lizzo gears up for her tour with Latto, she’s making her promotional rounds. In her interview with The Breakfast Club, Lizzo talked about her relationship with boyfriend Myke Wright. Apparently the two are staying away from monogamy due to the “rules” that come with it. She clarified that it doesn’t necessarily mean they are with other people either, Lizzo just finds the term monogamy “claustrophobic.”

“I think a traditional relationship scares me for 10 years, but love is forever. I can love somebody forever,” Lizzo said.

“Monogamy, I think to me, is a little claustrophobic — I think because there’s the rules.”
“I think a love relationship that’s not monogamous has no rules,” Lizzo continued.

“I think people who do poly and all that stuff — there’s still rules. I don’t want any rules,” Lizzo said. “But that doesn’t mean I’m out here f**king and s**king and d**king. It doesn’t mean he is either. It just means that there are no expectations, and that way, the love gets to just be the main event.”

“It’s like, do what you wanna do — as long as you love me, I’m cool,” she said.

Host Angela Yee then asked, “What if [your boyfriend] was like, ‘I just want us to be in a monogamous relationship — just me and you. I don’t want you to be with anyone else.'”
“We can still have that — just not call it monogamy,” Lizzo said.

Charlamagne then asked what she’d call it, and she said, “Just love. ‘I just love you.’ I’m not worried about nobody else,” she added. “I’m not worried about anybody else sexually, romantically, emotionally. I’m just worried about you. I’m just thinking about you.”
“I think that’s what we have, which is the most beautiful, pure thing ever.”

[From Yahoo]

I don’t really care whether Lizzo and Myke are exclusive or not. But since I’m reporting on their interview, I’ll weigh in. I know plenty of people like Lizzo who get hung up on certain definitions. And their logic is similar to Lizzo’s, they get too confined by the connotations implied by certain terms. I understand that. But the “no rules” thing is too ambiguous for me. On the basest level, I’d want rules about condoms and protection for my own safety. From there, I’d probably need some guidelines. But given Lizzo’s success, I hope she’s protecting herself in more ways than one. I know Myke has his own thing going on and maybe he’s financially secure, but let’s face it, Lizzo’s the one building an empire right now. She doesn’t need her cash being spent on one of his side-chicks.

I am completely biased in these situations that it always works out better for the guy. I realize that’s probably short-sighted of me, but it seems like the ‘no rules’ only ever applies to one partner. However, Lizzo is the one saying it’s her, so I’ll take her at her word. “I just love you” is too undefined for my tastes. I tell my dog I love him but there are still rules about not climbing on the counter. But it’s not my relationship and not my business. Lizzo looks thrilled every time she’s with Myke, so she trusts him enough to exist in a No Rules space with him. And Special is a love album, by her own description. I’m glad she’s happy.

Either that or there are pap shots of one or both stepping out with someone else about to surface.

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  1. jferber says:

    All this means to me is there is room for Chris Evans. Don’t blow it, Chris. This woman is a dream. Call her now!

  2. C says:

    If anything I feel like nonmonogamous relationships require MORE rules. Which is fine. Just not for me.

    • Normades says:

      Totally agree.
      One of my best friends was in an open marriage for years and they had so many rules: who they could with (no mutual friends for example), when they could and the biggest; how they could (just sex no feelings for the other person). Well after 10 years of this arrangement he ended up developing feelings for a side piece and that was it.

    • Sandii says:

      That is actually true, I am a + for years in a (very stable and happy) open marriage. They are very open about it and it goes both ways. This needs more commitment than the many relationships with the secrets and the cheating. Interestingly people are more judgy about this model than to admit that so many couples cheat and fight instead of finding a model that works. There is also so little jealousy and little possessiveness. But you need to work to get there.

      • Gems2712 says:

        Me too! It really suits me. But the rules keep all of us safe, and it’s kept my heart safe as well. It’s taught me how to love well, beyond infatuation. I can’t imagine Lizzo’s version, that sounds incredibly stressful to me and maybe just a way of giving him carte blanche without having to say it?

      • SophieJara says:

        Yah I’m not sure why Hecate thinks it always works out better for the guy? In my experience it’s way harder for them because they were so busy being excited about their hall pass they forgot we can have sex with like almost anyone at any time. And then they’re all butt hurt about being home alone.

  3. Turtledove says:

    I mean, what?

    On the one hand, she is fantastic, talented and lovely, and seems very happy. I don’t care what she calls it, good for her. Let people live.

    But on the other hand, it is a confusing interview. At first it seems she doesn’t like the concept of monogamy. But then later says “we can have that, just not CALL it monogamy”. So then it comes across as her taking issue with just the word, not the actual concept. It’s kooky and makes no sense, but hey, she seems happy and it doesn’t have to make sense to ME.

  4. Jaded says:

    I’ve never found monogamy to be claustrophobic because when I love someone I don’t want to be with anyone else. Being free to love someone whole-heartedly is just that — it’s freeing to share love and all that makes it so enjoyable.

  5. Blithe says:

    I get it. I’ve been in relationships where, consciously and unconsciously, we found ourselves replicating the problematic relationships that we were most familiar with. For some people, words like “marriage” and others, trigger unhealthy dynamics— because that’s what those primal, often familial, connections meant to us.

    Years ago, when I had fights with my then-boyfriend about just these issues, his Mom said: “You’re just in a “nice relationship “. And that renaming, helped a lot. It gave me / us the freedom to create our own “nice relationship” together, without the expectations and structures that, for us, were linked to the traditional rules and roles attached to those other words.

  6. Lucy says:

    I can relate to this. I was married for years to a guy with some insecurity issues. I was scrupulously faithful, but “are you f*cking [name of friend or colleague]?” was a question I had to deal with sometimes. I found it vile and insulting.

    The last time he asked me that, I remember thinking: “well, no, I’m not, but also I don’t think I want to be in a relationship where anyone feels like they can ask me that question ever again.”

    • C says:

      Yikes. That’s not acceptable even in a monogamous relationship. Glad you’re done with him!

  7. girl_ninja says:

    I also need clear definition in my relationships and want to know that I have a monogamous relationship with my man.

    I just hope this is not the case of a beautiful, brilliant woman acquiescing to the man’s demands/desires just to be with him. I worry about this with Rihanna too.

  8. Sumodo1 says:

    I hope Lizzie protects her investments before making googly eyes with this guy gets her blind to problems. See that loom on her face? Smitten.

  9. Sumodo1 says:

    Jeez, spellcheck! Lizzo! Look on her face! Grrr.

  10. Blue Nails Betty says:

    I admire everyone who defines their relationship according to their wants and needs and not according to Rules.

    For me, monogamy is a must. I don’t want to romantically or sexually share a man. I already have to share him with his family, friends, work, and his alone time. I’m not willing to share him with another woman.

    Secondly, I don’t want a man who thinks he’s a player. Been there, done that and it felt so disrespectful. So if a man wants to date other women, that’s fine, that’s his right to do so. But I’ll remove myself from that situation.

  11. Delphine says:

    I’m in a monogamous relationship and find it confining.

  12. SomeChick says:

    I’ve been in both, and all I can say is, the other way isn’t easy either.

    • Alex O. says:

      First time commenter, I love Celebitchy 🙂 Wanted to give a voice to the open relationship/enm folks reading this (which include me): I think it’s great that Lizzo is discussing this. Non-monogamy still carries a huge stigma, often with the assumption that it mostly serves men. Actually, it’s very often the wife who suggests it! “Untrue” by Wednesday Martin is a fantastic book about the science of female sexuality, and inside she dismantles the old assumptions that men are “naturally” hornier than women. (They aren’t.) It changed my life reading it, and I felt so validated. Some of us genuinely enjoy being non-monogamous and have worked hard to create the emotional safety and scaffolding for it with our partners, so I just wanted to add that perspective to the mix.

      • Sandii says:

        Yes…. It is interesting that even cheating seems more socially acceptable than being in an open relationship.