Al Sharpton Responds To Relationship Critics: ‘Don’t I Have The Right To Date?’

July 19, 2013  |  

Earlier this week we reported on 58-year-old civil rights activist and Politics Nation host, Al Sharpton’s new relationship. The new lady in Rev. Sharpton’s life is Aisha McShaw, a personal banker-turned-personal-stylist. News of the relationship leaked out after a New York Daily News reporter asked Aisha to define her relationship with Al, after seeing her appear on his arm at various black-tie events over the past few months.

“I’m his girlfriend,” Aisha simply told the reporter.

Many were happy that the social justice icon found love in the arms of a 35-year-old beauty, other’s slammed him for opening another door before he closed the previous one. You see, although Al and his ex-wife Kathy filed for separation back in 2004, they’re still legally married because they never actually went through with a divorce.

Al’s publicist, Rachel Noerdlinger, recently spoke to the Daily News on his behalf and revealed that he can’t understand why people are so upset.

“His exact words to me were, ‘Rachel, I’m not announcing an engagement or a marriage. Don’t I have a right to date when my marriage has been over for a decade?'” Rachel expressed.

She went on to say that she doesn’t discuss Al’s personal life and his relationships, but noted that people may be able to learn a bit more about his newfound love and other secrets when his forthcoming memoir, The Rejected Stone, is released in October.

“I don’t discuss his personal life and he doesn’t talk about it.”

Al’s estranged wife, Kathy, has declined to comment on the matter.

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