Tichina Arnold Talks Betrayal Of Finding Husband’s Sex Tape And Saving Herself
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At the beginning of the year, actress Tichina Arnold announced that she was divorcing her husband of three years, basketball coach Rico Hines. TMZ reported that Arnold had discovered a sex tape featuring her husband and another woman and she was done with a capital D. And while we might not have known the reason for her breakup, Arnold sent a text message to her friends with a link to the video included reportedly saying, “I can’t for the life of me understand why Rico would video himself f—ing ‘raw dog’ ONE of his MANY extraneous whores that ‘trick’ on him for his money.”
Months later, the 47-year-old actress spoke to People about her decision to bounce and the circumstances, even before the sex tape that led to the dissolution of their marriage.
While she really didn’t believe the sex tape would get out, she shared her feelings about how she felt when she saw it.
“I had that feeling of, you know, beyond him being my husband, this is supposed to be my friend, my confidant. Somebody who I can trust. And when you can’t trust the person that you sleep with every night, there’s a problem,” she says. “I could no longer trust him. I could no longer lay with him. And it doesn’t make him a horrible person. We all make mistakes, but not with me and not on my time and not in my life.”
She also explained that this wasn’t the first time Rico had been unfaithful.
“It’s beyond the fact that the infidelity, it happens. We make mistakes. And we fixed a few mistakes of his prior infidelities,” she says. “But when it becomes a pattern, then it’s no longer my problem. There’s a point where you eventually have to jump ship and save yourself, so I just merely saved myself and represented a lot of women that don’t know how to save themselves.”
Despite the drama behind the ending of her second marriage, Arnold said she’s still open to love she just won’t walk down the aisle again.
“Oh no! Getting married is not gonna happen again. I know that for sure,” says Arnold, whose brief first marriage to boxer Lamon Brewster ended in 1995. “Like, this was my second marriage. I always say three strikes, you’re out. I don’t even want to make it to three strikes.”
Lastly, Arnold said that while there may be some who disagreed with the way she handled the situation, at the end of the day, it’s her issue. Not theirs.
“I’m sure there are a lot of people that are upset with me, but it’s not their problem,” she says. “This was my issue that I needed to deal with, and I’m old enough to deal with my issues…I saved myself first, before I was on a sinking ship. I just have too much to lose for someone else’s indiscretions.”
I’m not mad at Tichina AT.ALL. Good for her!