Actress Malinda Williams recently spoke to Essence.com about her failed marriage to actor Mekhi Phifer, her new love fiance D-Nice, and her son Omikaye(Read Below):
Essence.com: It’s amazing how grounded [ your son Omikaye] is. How did your divorce affect him?
M.W.: Omi has always been a very clear child. It’s funny because he’s so beyond his years. As a single mom who has been through a divorce, my baby would always check in on me and ask me if I was okay and say, ‘Thank you for being my mom’ as if he knew I needed to hear that. It let me know that he had a greater understanding than I could have ever imagined. So, I believe it’s my duty to be happy so I can show him what happiness looks like.
Essence.com: It’s amazing how children can be so insightful and as a result heal us in the process. Some folks believe you and Mekhi are still at war. Is that true?
M.W.: The biggest misconception folks have is that I have beef with my ex-husband. Who has time? I’m a very spiritual person and one of the things I base my life on is the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I always try to keep it positive, and that’s with anything—friendships or relationships. What happened between us happened so many years ago it’s irrelevant now. Honestly, there is nothing to talk about. Besides, I don’t like conflict, never have. Remember, I’m a Libra and I love balance.
Essence.com: But wasn’t there was a time that you were angry and spoke publicly about what transpired between you two?
M.W.: When my marriage broke down I was so angry because I didn’t want to stop loving Mekhi. Yes, I wanted to stop living with him and I wanted to stop doing some of the things we did together, but I didn’t want to stop loving him so it made me angry because I was struggling—I don’t know what I was struggling with probably struggling with myself—but I was thinking, I don’t want to stop loving you so how do I do that? But the world kept saying we had to fight, we had to go court, we had to be enemies, we had to be divorced and all along I kept thinking, I don’t want to hate my son’s father, I don’t want to have disdain for him. I don’t want any of those things. So that was the most difficult thing for me to accept. But it came to me one day as I was driving down the street. It was a point when I completely accepted everything for what it was and said, ‘You know what? Nobody can take love from you, only you can take love from you.’ And when you commit to love someone, you really do commit to love them no matter what and that’s what I did. So part of me getting out of that marriage was because I never wanted to get to the point where I hated anyone.
Essence.com: Did you feel any self-doubt when your marriage failed?
M.W.:I always felt I was as strong as my mother and my grandmother or at least I was on that road. So when my marriage broke down, I felt like it was a weakness. But then I realized that Mekhi and I came together for a reason, and even if our son was the only reason that we came together, we served our purpose together. To this day, I don’t look at that as a failure; I look at that as a major achievement and a huge blessing and I thank God for that union. I don’t know where I would be today.
M.W.:(Laughs) Well, I’m the lucky woman. I’ll be marrying Derrick “D-Nice” Jones.
Essence.com: As in the former Boogie Down Productions rapper “my name is D-Nice I’m taking out you suckas and I don’t know how you did it D-Nice?” How long have you known each other?
M.W.:(Laughs) Yes, that’s him. Since we were 18.