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‘I Just Need To Be Happy’: Naturi Naughton Reveals Why She Ended Her Engagement

Naturi Naughton and her baby’s father Ben are no longer together, which obviously means they won’t be walking down the aisle as planned.

Naughton talked about the split during a recent interview with Essence, as well as the pressure to get married since she and Ben had their daughter Zuri in 2017.

“I don’t want to be married if it’s not the right marriage and the right person,” said the “Power” actress. “Pressure is really induced by living up to other people’s expectations, and instead of trying to live up to somebody else’s expectations for me, I just need to be happy.”

“A lot of people think that marriage is the quintessential success, but it’s not if the marriage is not grounded in the right foundation,” she added. “I went through a lot of feelings of inadequacy about why did my life not turn out to be the perfect picture story, but that’s just not what was written for me.”

But what actually was written was a song that allowed the 35-year-old to document some of her feelings surrounding the breakup, and it’s called “Stay Too Long.”

“The song is literally about my story,” Naughton explained. “One of the lyrics is, ‘Three months after the baby was born / Your love for me was gone / How could you flip the script on me?/ Love makes you foolish and stay way too long.’ And the chorus is literally how we don’t see the signs.”

There’s no word on exactly when Naughton and Ben parted ways, but she hasn’t shared any photos of him on social media for an incredibly long time. Plus, back in April, rumors started to swirl that she’s dating her “Power” co-star Sinqua Walls.

The chatter began after they were spotted together at the 50th annual NAACP Awards together in March. Plus, an insider said they were seen at an after party at Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel holding hands and looking like a couple.

Naughton never addressed the rumors, but she talked about raising Zuri with Ben despite the split.

“God gave me a beautiful child, and her father is great and still in her life, and we’re co-parenting. That’s a blessing in itself,” she stated.

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