Actor and singer Marques Houston has been slammed for making controversial comments about ‘older women’ after he tied the knot with his 19-year-old girlfriend, Miya Dickey.
In an interview with Page Six, the 41-year-old described women his own age has having ‘baggage.’
“A red flag to me (was) always with a woman that had a kid,” he expressed. “Nothing against single women, but single mothers with children are a red flag for me.”
The actor went on: “I tip my hat and respect women that are raising children on their own. But when I grew up, I never really wanted to have kids.”
He explained that his outlook was inspired by his dad, who told him to have children with a woman who does not have a child yet.
“I would talk to my dad a lot, and he would always tell me to have your own kids because you never know what the baby daddies are about,” he said.
“So if you’re gonna have kids, make sure it is with a woman that never had kids. So that was always my red flag,” Marques continued.
“And a woman with an attitude. I don’t like women with funky attitudes.”
In 2021, Houston welcomed his first child with Dickey only a year after they got married.
Comparing his wife to older woman, he said that the two have different ‘outlooks on life.’
“I’m 41, she is 22. I could’ve married a 44-year-old woman, and it could’ve been disastrous,” he said.
He also said that women his age are very independent and have a different outlook in life.
“They are very like, ‘I don’t need a man to do this for me ’cause I can do it for myself.’ I come from a generation that I love to provide for my wife,” Houston explained.
“There’s a lot of women my age I’ve dated, they may have baggage. They may have kids, they may not. There’s so many different women I’ve been with throughout my life, and it just so happens to be that this one [Miya] caught my heart.
“Everything that I prayed for — and everything that I wanted in a woman — she came with. Although she was young, I’m young in spirit.”
But fans were not impressed with the actor’s remarks, with one Twitter user writing: “We should’ve known something was off with Marques Houston when he was running around like this back In the immature days.”
Another wrote: “I wish Marques Houston would shut up because he’s really confirming how gross he is.”
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