Common recently opened up about why many of his relationships didn’t quite work out.
The rapper-actor-author, who recently released his new memoir Let Love Have the Last Word, stopped by The Breakfast Club Thursday where he revealed he’s been in therapy to work out issues associated what he described as “love addiction.”
“The pattern I found myself in—and my therapist broke it down—was the feeling of being in love and that honeymoon period. I was addicted to that feeling,” he told the show’s co-hosts.
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“When that feeling would go away and the real part of the relationships came, I was like, ‘OK. Do I want this or not?’ I wasn’t ready to do the work,” he said.
Common cleared up any misconception and denied that he’s suffering from sex addiction, adding that he was addicted to the pursuit and beginning phases of a relationship.
“I obviously care for the person, but when things got tough and it was time to work through stuff, I wasn’t willing to work through it,” he admitted.
Common credited therapy for helping him figure things out and said he’s been able to identify the patterns and communicate better.
The Oscar-winning rapper has been connected to a number of high-profile women throughout his career, including Erykah Badu, Serena Williams and his most recent public relationship, Angela Rye. Common told ESSENCE back in November that he learned a lot from the nearly yearlong relationship.
“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 said then, adding that it was “fun to have a partner who you can really enjoy and can be really friends [with].”