Throughout his 30 years in entertainment, Common has crushed just about every entertainer’s dream. The rapper, actor, philanthropist and writer has racked up enough awards to fill a few mantles. While he boasts an enviable career, the one thing he feels he’s missing is the companionship of a wife.

In a sneak peek for next Monday’s Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith gets to the core of Common’s love life. The Chicago native spills the truth about how he has found himself stuck in a cycle of failed relationships—both romantic and familial—and the turning point that made him take stock of what’s missing. 

“You said in the book also that you’ve accomplished everything but that you’re not a husband,” Jada Pinkett Smith says in reference to his recent book Let Love Have the Last Word: A Memoir. The rapper confirms that marriage is something he’s aspiring to. “Yeah, that’s.. I would like to be a husband. Now, I think I just want that partnership. To be able to experience life where I’m growing as a human being …and it’s fun too.”

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“I know it’s hard, too,” Common says while chuckling at Jada’s curious expression.

Common, who recently dated political pundit Angela Rye, said the breakup taught him many lessons. “First of all, I learned that she’s just an amazing, incredible woman,” the Hunter Killer star told ESSENCE last November.

Angela Rye and Common
Angela Rye and Common take a sweet photo together as they attend the premiere of Showtime’s “The Chi” in Los Angeles, California.

“It’s also a process, and a journey to get to understanding how to be full in a relationship, and be a full and complete person as much as possible,” he continued, adding that it was “fun to have a partner who you can really enjoy and can be really friends [with].”

Rye also had nothing but positive things to say about the relationship, telling Page Six, “We have and will always be friends. He is an amazing human being, and I’m a much better person because he’s a part of my life. May we all keep loving and living.”

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