I’ve never known exactly how to define Nick Cannon’s arrangement of having multiple partners. I guess it’s polyamorous, but what’s not clear is if his partners have other partners, too. One of the mothers of his children, LaNisha Cole, has a boyfriend (LaNisha’s daughter Onyx is the one that Nick forgot when Howard Stern had him list his children). I think that LaNisha and Nick are not together anymore, because she posted about being a single mom on Instagram last December. On the latest season of Selling Sunset, Bre Tiesi, who also has a child with Nick Cannon, described their relationship as an “open relationship” but also waffles about being single? It’s a little vague. But she also says she’s happy with Nick as things are and doesn’t need monogamy.
The 32-year-old reality star revealed that she and Nick are currently in an “open relationship” and she explained to her castmates why she doesn’t think monogamy is for her.
“My situation’s interesting. I don’t know if I would say I’m single,” Bre said. “I’ve been in ― I don’t want to call it open, but open relationship, I guess. I just know we just had a baby, we’re really happy, so I’m happy in my relationship now.”
Bre added, “I’m not a monogamy kind of person. Everything I’ve ever seen is divorce, and people are unhappy and it ends badly, and the kids suffer. Men can’t keep it together. It’s never us.”
Bre also made it clear that she does not consider Nick to be a “sugar daddy.”
“He’s not my reason that I’m where I’m at. He’s none of those things,” she said. “I take care of myself. If my son needs something or we need something, I can ask. That’s all I have to do.”
[From Just Jared]
If Bre is happy, then I’m happy for her. She’s said elsewhere that she and Nick were on and off for nearly a decade, and that she’s seen other people but he’s the one she always goes back to. The comment about divorce makes me wonder if she is a child of divorce like I am. When your parents divorce it can instill the idea in you of “relationships never last,” and I definitely feel like that. As a result I remain very guarded and aloof. I expect things to end so I don’t invest in people. Self sabotage! I’ve also felt “safer” and more at home with men who are like me, who are not emotionally available. And a guy with 11 kids by six women, with several other partners, is the textbook definition of “not fully available.” So I wonder if Bre is attracted to Nick like I am to my “strong but silent” types. Bre describes it as an “open relationship” but I do wonder if it’s open both ways. Of course it is for him, but does she have the same freedom? Like I keep mentioning, in the past Nick has said that financial support for his babies could be taken away if his partners see other men.
I haven’t watched the whole season of Selling Sunset but there has been drama between Bre and her co-star Chelsea Lazkani because of Bre’s family life. Chelsea was saying judgmental things about Bre’s relationship to other cast members throughout the season. She said she found Bre’s relationship “rather off-putting” and that she couldn’t relate to Bre because she, Chelsea, is “Christian.” Very judgmental, but aimed more at Bre than Nick. I think Chelsea’s barking up the wrong tree–Nick is the one who impregnated five women in a year. I also don’t think it’s particularly helpful or kind to judge a new mom for her partner’s behavior. It’s misplaced responsibility. The mom is always the one who gets flak for the dad being absent or messing around. Our culture is so hard on moms in a thousand different ways, big and small.
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