Last month, worship leader, songwriter and producer Israel Houghton shocked fans when he revealed via Facebook that his marriage of 20 years has ended in a divorce. Houghton confesses that infedility has been the chief factor that led to the split. In his interview with Praise 102.5, the Hollywood actor Michael Jai White commented on Houghton's dicorce when he lamented on how African American men are cheating on their wives and find it acceptable.
"Most men that I know deep down, they really want to be the husbands and fathers they never had growing up. I think the essence of a man is to be truthful and die behind your words. When we have to [cheat] and hide, that's beneath us. That's not befitting of a true man," White explained. "That's just my feeling...I was real busy out there, but then I wind up lying and trying to save people's feelings. But I had to look at myself in the mirror... and when I'm 100% honest, it just feels better."
White admitted that he did not always feel this strongly but is now speaking out about the sanctity of marriage because of the freedom he has gained from being faithful. He openly shared about the benefits of being married and how it is so much better than juggling multiple women.
"I used to have a roster of 14 girls [that] I used to deal with... to my friends, I couldn't have been in a better situation," he continued. "But what I have with my wife, destroys all that. I am in the best place I have ever been in my life and the equity that I have with this one woman that is my world. I am so happy and I have to be the one to tell men that this is absolutely worth it."
White has appeared in numerous films andtelevision series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?, and currently stars as the character on the TBS/OWN comedy-drama television seriesTyler Perry's For Better or Worse. White portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy. White also portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television movie Tyson.