1.23.2017

Jhené Aiko Opens Up About Marriage, Divorce, & Big Sean on ‘The Breakfast Club’

After keeping a low profile for quite some time, Jhené Aiko opened up about her relationship with Big Sean, her marriage (and divorce) to Dot Da Genius, and her latest single “Maniac” in a new interview with “The Breakfast Club.”

During the candid conversation, the R&B singer revealed that her private marriage to Dot lasted two years before ending. When asked about the rumors that she cheated on him with Big Sean, Aiko simply said: “No. I wasn’t [cheating].”

Aiko, did however, allude to Dot being unfaithful. When asked if she’s ever been cheated on and by whom, she said: “Every person I’ve ever been with,” noting that her longest relationship ever was two years, the same length of time she spent married to Dot.

Jhené was less forthcoming about the reports that Dot is seeking spousal support. “I don’t know,” she said. “You’ll have to talk to the lawyers about that.” When asked if she believes she should pay, she simply said, “No.”

The R&B songstress filed for divorce from Dot Da Genius in August of last year. News of their marriage was private until March of 2016, when Dot shared the former couple’s wedding photo on Instagram. Around this time, Jhené and Sean began promoting their work together as TWENTY88.

Watch the full interview, in which Jhené talks about her relationship with Sean and the sexually-explicit nature of “Maniac,” below.

On “Maniac”: “That’s just me. That’s just a part of who I am. I can be pretty vulgar in my waking life. All my friends and everyone that knows me knows I’m inappropriate a lot of times and say stuff that people are like, ‘Huh?'”

On Lil’ Kim’s influence: “Since I was a little girl, I’ve been getting in trouble for having a dirty mouth because I used to recite Lil’ Kim’s Hardcore in elementary school.”

On rapping with Big Sean: “I like to freestyle rap. I’m more of a battle rapper when I’m just freestyling…Sean is way too good at freestyling. He’s the best rapper I’ve ever heard personally. I wouldn’t battle him. I have to practice more.”

On TWENTY88: “I think we could’ve did more for sure. We were up for [promoting it]. I think we were both in the middle of our projects so it was something that we for sure wanted to do and put out, but we were also working on other things too. We wanted to do more. There’s gonna be more of TWENTY88…People like to focus on everything but the music nowadays but we’re friends. We go out. That has nothing to do with us trying to promote the music…To me, it’s some of my favorite music I’ve ever made.”

On Big Sean’s songwriting: “Sean wrote most of those songs [on TWENTY88]. It’s hard for me to work with another writer…But I really trust his songwriting and he wrote a lot from my perspective, even some songs we didn’t use.”

On whether she’s a nymphomaniac: “When I’m in a relationship, yeah.”