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Monica Suggests She Feels Like a ‘Failure’ After Divorce from Ex-Husband Shannon Brown

It took a while for R&B singer Monica to recover after her divorce from ex-husband Shannon Brown.

She reflected on this painful memory when appearing on the Monday, June 8 episode of “T.I. & Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle.

Monica opened up about finalizing her divorce with Brown. “I kind of feel weird though celebrating because my divorce is finally happening for real for real. That’s a real life failure to me,” she told Toya Johnson at the “How to Lose a Husband” author’s birthday party.

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The “Angel of Mine” artist returned to her maiden name Arnold and dropped the last name Brown. Since she was the one who filed for divorce, she had to appear in court; Brown did not.

The daughter she shares with the former NBA player, Laiyah Shannon Brown, 6, and her two sons from a previous relationship, Ramone, 15, and Romelo Hill, 12, always have been her top priority. She said on the show that she wanted to keep things as “normal” as possible for her children while going through the process.

The 39-year-old singer filed for divorce from the former Los Angeles Lakers star in March 2019 after eight years of marriage. Why the former couple decided to split is still not known, but Monica did suggest they’d grown apart during the last season of “Friends and Family Hustle.”

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Brown apparently had a hard time dealing with their separation. Days after their divorce was finalized in November 2019, the athlete wrote via Instagram, “What if I told you to find my heart you would have to piece me back together ?!?!?!?”

People assumed infidelity was the reason behind the pair’s divorce, but Monica quickly denounced those rumors.

“Luckily, for us, it wasn’t another person that was the issue but in the times that I’ve experienced that, I definitely act out very harshly,” she said during her appearance on the “RuPaul Show” last June. “So that part of the growth has been good. Me being hurt repeatedly allowed me to say, ‘Okay, how do you deal with hurt?’ “

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