Monica filed for divorce from her husband of eight years, former Laker player Shannon Brown. The two seemed like a match made in heaven after Monica’s long road to finding “the one.” Many watched her sing her way through heartbreak and battle it out all in the name of love with songs like “The Boy Is Mine,” but her songs of heartache quickly turned to songs of deep love when she married Brown and became a basketball wife. The two went on to raise their blended family.
Monica has remained pretty tight-lipped about what led to their divorce out of respect for their family.
After a 10 year relationship with the father of her two sons, producer Rodney Ramone Hill, Jr. Better known by his stage name Rocko, Monica took a break from dating to focus on her family. She was soon surprised to find love in an unsuspecting love interest. Monica met Brown on the set of her music video, “Love All Over Me,” where Brown starred as her leading man. Their on-screen chemistry transferred off-set and the two began to date.
Their romance happened quickly. The two dated for about 6 months and Monica solidified her love for her newly found love by getting a tattoo of Brown’s name on her wrist. She was soon spotted with a 10-carat diamond, leading many to speculate they were engaged. She had a secret ceremony in 2010 before having a larger one a year later. They blended their family with Monica’s two sons, Shannon’s son from a past relationship and they welcomed a daughter, Laiya Shannon Brown, three years into their union.
Monica gushed over her new husband and traveled with him city to city during away games when she was on break from her tours. Brown returned the favor and supported Monica on the road as well. All seemed blissful in the Brown household.
Monica filed for divorce from Brown after eight years of marriage in March 2019 citing “irreconcilable differences.” Prior to the filing, Monica hadn’t been seen with her wedding ring for about a month nor had they been photographed together for some time.
Celebrity divorces can get messy but Monica took the high road and refused to trash talk her soon to be ex in the media opening up once in an interview with Ru Paul maintaining that she’d always be a champion for Brown.
“No matter what happens, he will always get my absolute respect, gratitude and also my assistance in being a part of whatever his life becomes. He’s an athlete. Everything that he does, I’ll be there to support because that’s what I vowed to do, even when the other side of it does not work”
Though Monica remained amicable, rumors spread for a year or so that Brown was unfaithful, something Monica denied. When Monica released her 2019 single “Commitment” in which she sang about needing complete fidelity in her union, fans assumed it was directed towards Brown.
Monica and Brown’s divorce was swift. It was reported that the divorce was finalised mid October and that the only request from Monica was to return to her maiden name ( Arnold). Initially, the details of the divorce were to be kept confidential, with neither parties being able to speak publicly.