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ESSENCE Poll: What Do You Most Expect from Your Significant Other?

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Jada Pinkett Smith is taking another shot at addressing the persistent rumors that she and hubby Will Smith have an open marriage. The actress took to her Facebook page this past weekend to comment on the public’s preoccupation with the goings-on in her bedroom because, you know, we have to know. First and foremost, wrote Jada, is “trust and love.” That would include agreeing that one doesn’t “own” the other.

“Do we believe that ownership is the reason someone should 'behave?'” she asked “Do we believe that all the expectations, conditions, and underlying threats of "you better act right or else" keep one honest and true?”

Jada added that she trusts Will, and he the same. “Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so,” she wrote. “This does NOT mean we have an open relationship...this means we have a GROWN one.”

So we get the whole bit about Will and Jada’s marriage being none of our business, (because, really, it isn’t) but her open letter has us thinking about the expectations we so often bring into relationships. How many of us can really say that we allow our significant other to be who they really want to be? How much do we really practice trusting the other person—because, truth be told, saying you trust and practicing trust are two different things. So tell us: what is it that you expect the most out of your relationship? Share your thoughts and comments with us below.

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What do you expect the most out of your significant other?
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