Niecy Nash is opening up about her marriage to Jessica Betts and her sexuality. The actress and Masked singer The host sat down on a new episode of Red table talk and she became candid about her love life and past relationships.
Nash shocked many when she revealed in August 2020 that she had married Betts, having previously been married to two men, and finalizing her divorce from second husband Jay Tucker earlier in the year.
Talking to her and Jada Pinkett Smith Red table talk Co-hosts Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris Nash revealed that he had never dated a woman before starting his relationship with Betts.
“I met the most beautiful soul I’d ever known. And after spending time together, I thought, ‘Oh honey, this looks like an old pair of jeans that I’ve had in my closet my whole life.’ Nash shared his romance with his new wife. “There was something [made me feel] like, ‘I don’t want to get away from this energy’ … I felt like I was in a situation where I was my soulmate. “
Nash first married Reverend Don Nash from 1994 to 2007, and then remarried Tucker in 2011, however, he said that when he was with Betts, “it was the first time in my life that I felt fully seen. . I switch.”
Nash went on to explain that his children were shocked by their romance.
“My daughters were like, ‘Wait what ?!'” Nash recalled. “[But] my kids got to know Jessica before they knew we were dating, so they got to meet her and form their own opinion about her as a person. And everyone was like, ‘Oh my gosh, she’s so cool!’ They were exchanging numbers. They already liked her. “
However, when it came to Nash’s mother, things were a little different “because of her generation.”
“I never doubted for a second that my mother loves me. I felt her fear was, ‘How will they receive you? How will they perceive me?'” Nash said.
“I come from a long, long line of women who felt their identities were wrapped up in whether or not they had a man. Blind, crippled, crazy, married or lazy, get one and stay with one. Makes you validated to have a ‘him ‘So you put a lot of importance on that. Your happiness doesn’t really matter, “she shared. “Thank goodness for therapy because we’re all in it, and we’ve been in it, and it’s a process.”
Looking back on his past romances, Nash admitted, “When I married my first husband, I was looking for a savior. I had experienced a lot of childhood trauma.”
“I will not tell you that I did not love him, but I will tell you that he needed to be saved. I was in that marriage for 17 years to a large extent, in the last few years, because we had a church together and this weighed on me that [told me], ‘You can’t get a divorce, you’re a Christian.’
“A lot of people say, ‘I stayed for my children,’ but I went for my children. Because I wanted them to see what real love was like,” he added.
“I feel like my second marriage, I wanted to have a partner and I also wanted to get married and I met a man who wanted to get married and we said, ‘Let’s try it!'” She shared. “I have nothing bad to say about the people I married because they were kind people, they were just different.”
During the interview, Betts joined the group, who sat next to Nash and the couple smiled and held hands as they reflected on their relationship.
Betts spoke about falling in love with Nash and shared, “I knew something was special about her and I knew that I loved her when she didn’t want anyone else.”
On the question of how he identifies himself, Nash said, “Labels are a very interesting thing.”
“A lot of people have said, at first, ‘Niecy Nash has finally come out,’ and I said, ‘Come out from where?’ I wasn’t anywhere, “he said.” I wasn’t living a sexually repressed life. He loved the boys he was with when he was with them. Now this is who I love. I wasn’t living a lie or trying to make myself a man. I liked. , I loved it “.
“If I had to label myself right now, I would label myself with the term ‘free,'” added Nash.
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