‘That’s Cool’: Common Says He Has No Problem Being Viewed as a Sex Symbol

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Common says if women want to focus on his looks instead of his philanthropy or community work, he has no problem with it.

It was something he said in late February at the Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact event in New York City.

Common says he has no problem being looked at as a sex symbol. (Photo: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images)

“Nah, shoot. If a lady wants to focus on something else, that’s cool too. I’m grateful,” he told Page Six while at the event. “I think being conscious and being a philanthropist does not fault you from being a human being and having sexuality and having fun, so I don’t box myself in.”

Common will turn 48 years old on March 13, and he’s never been married. So far he’s dated women like Cree Summers, Taraji P. Henson, Serena Williams, Erykah Badu and most recently Angela Rye.

In fact, he and Rye dated, broke up, reunited, then split again, which Rye said had to do with one of them wanting children and the other feeling differently about it.

“We just want different things,” she said in December on her “On One with Angela Rye” podcast. “We had been talking for about two months about let’s see where things go, because I’m leaning towards ‘I want kids’ and he was leaning towards ‘I don’t know.'”

Common has also opened up about his relationships in the past, like in his 2019 memoir “Let Love Have The Last Word.”

In it, he admitted to being addicted to falling in love but losing interest in the relationships when things got difficult.

“The pattern I found myself in — and my therapist broke it down — was the feeling of being in love and that honeymoon period,” he said on “The Breakfast Club” in May of last year. “I was addicted to that feeling. When that feeling would go away, and the real part of relationships came, I wasn’t ready to do the work.”

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