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Mo’Nique – Bio, Husband, Affairs and Relationships, Weight Loss & Other Facts

Mo’Nique is without a doubt one of the funniest Black women to grace our screens. She is an actress and comedian known for her over-the-top sensual jokes as a stand-up comic. She gained massive popularity when she joined the line-up of the comedy show Queens Of Comedy as well as her acting role on the hit UPN series. The Parkers where she starred as Nicole (Nikki). However, she pushed boundaries and questioned just how talented she is when she starred in the 2009 film Precious. See below for more details on this lively celebrity.

Mo’Nique Bio

Monique Angela Hicks (née Imes) was born in Baltimore, Maryland on December 11, 1967. She is the youngest daughter of her parents (Dr. Stevens Imes Jr. and engineer Alice Imes). Mo’Nique attended Milford Mill High School in Baltimore County and graduated with honors in 1985. She enrolled at Morgan State University and graduated from the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland in 1987.

career journey

Before moving into showbiz full-time, Mo’Nique found work as a customer service representative at MCI, whose offices were in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Her start in comedy was actually motivated by her brother Steve, who invited her to an open mic night at the Comedy Factory in downtown Baltimore. Audiences loved her so much that she was offered the opportunity to host her own show for $25 the following week. The show took place at a beauty salon in Baltimore.


She started looking for auditions and more chances to climb the stage as much as possible. Luck seemed her way when her employer asked if she would like to move to Atlanta. She quickly drew attention to this offer because she thought Atlanta would be a great place to get more opportunities to continue her career in comedy.

Her move to Atlanta would prove wise, after all, as it was after this move that she landed the role that would eventually make her a household name. That role was played in the UPN-produced television series The Parkers , where she played Nicole “Nikki” Parker, a woman who went to the same school with her daughter and had a roller coaster ride, loving life as a single mom. The show ran from 1999 to 2004, and while its popularity grew to incredible heights, it got other comedy gigs Thank God You’re Here The Apollo Def Comedy Jam (produced by Russell Simons) .

In 2007, she released a documentary titled I Could Be Your Cellmate! This documentary shed light on the various issues that puts many women in prison. The film included interviews with a large number of incarcerated women, as well as a comedy show she put on to entertain and reform these women. She was later guest-starred in the hit television series Ugly Betty, in 2007, she played the role of L’Amanda.


From 2009 to 2011, Mo’Nique hosted a self-titled show entitled “The Mo’Nique Show” on BET. The show lasted two seasons with a total of 251 episodes; Unfortunately, the show was canceled in 2011. That same year, Mo’Nique played one of her most fulfilling roles. Precious plays the role of Mary Lee Johnston – an abusive mother.

She received numerous awards for this film alone, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress, and the BET Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Mo’Nique relationships, affairs, husband

Mo’Nique was in a relationship with a successful accountant, Kenny Mung. They were briefly engaged, but an official marriage never took place. However, she entered into another relationship with Mark Jackson in 1996. The couple married a year later and together they have a son who they named Shalon Jackson. Unfortunately, Mo’Nique and Mark Jackson called it quits and divorced in 2001.


She got her groove back when she started dating her new man, David Hicks. She gave birth to twins in October 2015 during their relationship. The following year, in 2016, Mo’Nique announced that she and her boyfriend, who is also the father of her twin boys, were walking down the aisle. Regarding her union, Mo’Nique revealed in a New York Times profile that she and her new husband had an open relationship.

She also took the time to explain that they didn’t mean they were allowed to sleep outside of marriage; However, this means that she and her husband agreed to be honest with each other whenever either party engages in extramarital affairs. She also gave reasons for this on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she explained that because of her past experiences with cheating, she didn’t want a situation where a divorce would happen because of the same issue.

weight loss

Mo’Nique has always been one to flaunt her heavy saying that she’s big, loud and proud. What’s more, her weight has been the center of her jokes and comics career for years. According to her, she always ate what she wanted and lived, but she was so pleased. Lately she seems to have changed that narrative since she is over 50 years old.


Been diagnosed with high blood pressure, and her husband dropped 262 pounds and said to her, “This is too much baby. I want you for life. I love you so much I can’t lie to you.” She said those words pierced the deepest parts of her heart and felt love like never before.

She became even more aware of seeing her grandmother play with her children and admitted that she would love to play with her children’s children as well and that she might never get that chance if she didn’t change her lifestyle . By the time her most iconic film to date, Precious premiered in November 2009, Mo’Nique had lost more than 40 pounds in weight. She recently said she realizes her previous attitude towards weight was very childish and is currently using her platform as a celebrity to advocate for healthy living.

Other facts

1. Mo’Nique was sexually abused by her own brother Gerald between the ages of 7-11. He was put on trial after doing the same thing to another girl. This time he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.


2. She fell out with super talk show host Oprah Winfrey when she aired the story of the rape incident without Mo’Nique’s consent.

3. Mo’Nique was blacklisted in Hollywood after the movie Precious was released. Although her performance was great, it has been claimed that she did little to tour to promote the film. However, she responded that it was because of how little she was paid because she was a black woman.

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