Is singer Monica and Shannon Brown’s divorce as amicable as it once seemed?
That’s the question some are pondering after the 33-year-old former NBA star and current BIG3 player posted a confusing clip on Instagram over the weekend of him showing off what looks to be his wedding band. He initially captioned the video, “The difference is…..free giveaway or naw”
Not really sure what that exactly means, but considering he deleted the caption and kept up the video, he likely realized that it was implying that he was trying to give away something that symbolized their nearly nine years of marriage, which is extremely insulting to her. What was that about?
I did some digging in Getty Images and found that Shannon has worn three different types of bands on that special finger since he and Monica initially said “I do” in 2010. There has been a simple band (it’s either silver or rose gold), one that is black with diamonds around it, and the blinged-out ring in the video above, which was worn in the earlier years of their marriage. Many people commented on the photo’s original caption via the picture by saying things like, “Naw that ring was meant for u and the purpose you got it for. Your finger completes that ring not no one else’s” and “Get your family back!”
He would eventually send out a subtle response early Monday morning to all the confusion in the form of a picture of himself and Monica from 2016, where she has her middle finger up. He captioned the image, “When people don’t know to mind their own business…”
Since news came out that she filed for divorce in March, Monica has been nothing but kind to her estranged husband in interviews and on her show T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle. She made it clear that she’s focused on keeping things positive for the sake of their daughter Laiyah and her sons Rodney and Romelo.
“For some people, when something doesn’t work, they allow all of the negative things to take complete control,” she said in August. “I don’t allow those things to take complete control.”
When Shannon first spoke out about their split in July though, he in contrast, gave the impression that he was nowhere near pressed about it.
“Umm…I haven’t been going through a lot of nothing. You know what I mean? I feel like a lot of people take stories that they hear and they kind of blow it up for entertainment purposes,” he said on Sister Circle. “I learned how to ignore the negativity and just keep pushing forward. I think that’s what it’s all about. And it’s funny because I think a lot of people got the same idea. When they see me they’re like, ‘Are you okay?,’ And I’m like ’I’m fine. What’s wrong?’ It’s part of it though when you’re in the public eye you’ve to be able to deal with whatever come along with it. I’m strong in my faith and my spirituality so that’s what pull me or push me.”
He isn’t the only one trying to move forward from the marriage in public ways, though. While nowhere near as tacky, Monica recently changed her name on social media from Monica Brown to Monica Denise, her middle name.