Marques Houston Responds To Backlash Over Marrying Miya Dickey, Who He Met When She Was Just 17

    Marques Houston is finally opening up about his controversial marriage to Miya Dickey whom he wed when she was just 19.

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    The actor and singer is the latest celebrity to be featured on TV One’s hit series, Uncensored, where he’s talking all about his controversial marriage to a woman who is 20 years his junior.

    Houston says he was 37 years old when he met his 17-year-old wife-to-be. Just two years later, the pair tied the knot on August 24, 2020, and ever since, Marques has been accused of grooming her.

    In a promotional clip for his upcoming episode of Uncensored, Marques talks about meeting Miya, where he insists his connection with his wife is nothing weird, but rather, a spiritual connection that they both felt once they started talking after she turned 18.

    Real. Raw. #Uncensored. Featuring @marqueshouston! Marques Houston is telling his story his way in an all-new #UncensoredTVOne, premiering Sunday at 10p/9c only on @tvonetv. 🎥🍿

    — TV One (@tvonetv) April 4, 2023

    “Me and my wife’s situation is a little different. How we met through mutual friends and everything like that,” Houston explains in the clip. “When I met my wife, she was 17. So, we no really conversation…no really connection until…you know…she was of age.”

    While Marques acknowledges the backlash, he insists he didn’t start talking to Miya until she was 18, connecting with the teenager over their shared love of God and music.

    He continued: “People don’t understand it and I got a lot of backlash for marrying someone that was 19. When we did finally start to talk I was like, ‘This woman is like me’ and when I would talk to her she’d just…For one…we had a spiritual connection and I feel like that’s the most important thing. We both love God. We both love Jehovah and that was key.”

    “Being able to start being around her and talking to her we connected through music,” Marques said. “Her spirit, her kindness, her heart reminds me a lot of my mom. You know we connected on so many different levels.”


    The new season of TV One’s Uncensored kicked off on Sunday, April 2. This season’s lineup includes Tevin Campbell, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Eric Benet, Meagan Good, and Lil Wayne.


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