Meagan Good Says Why She Chose Celibacy Before Marriage

By Victor Ochieng

Meagan Good has revealed that after her ex cheated on her, she chose to transform her life.

The “Think Like a Man” actress said she lived for two years in celibacy and turned her life to God before she finally found the right man, whom she married in 2012. The 34-year-old got married to pastor DeVon Franklin of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The two have penned down their journey in an upcoming book “The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love,” which is published by Howard Books and slated for release today Tuesday, February 2.

“I was a very destructive person and I struggled with that a lot,” Good says of her childhood days. “I was always being told what to do. If I felt bad about something, I would drink. That is how I got started with smoking too.”

Good started acting at the age of four and made her debut in “Friday” film, released in 1995.

She became rebellious and got into several different romantic relationships growing up until when she was in her 20s. She’s had relationships with Lil Wayne, Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon, 50 Cent, and Thomas Jones, a former Kansas City Chiefs running back.

Although she was getting into such a chain of relationships, she didn’t consider settling down until one of her exes cheated on her.

“I no longer wanted to be a girlfriend, I wanted a husband,” she says.

The actress met Franklin during the filming of “Jumping the Broom.”

The two decided to practice celibacy before they finally settled down, with Franklin having started to practice celibacy 10 years before they got married. He says his was mainly influenced by his spiritual works.

“I didn’t want to live two lives. At the time I wasn’t practicing celibacy, but I was still talking about it, and I said, ‘You know, I have to be the man that God called me to be,’ and part of that was taking this vow and waiting until marriage and when I started doing that it gave me discipline that helped me in every other area of my life,” Franklin said Monday on “CBS This Morning.”

They say choosing to wait was very important, acknowledging that having sex is likely to interfere with one’s judgment when still dating.

“When you take that out of the equation, you actually get to know the person across the board in every other way except the physical which, which comes later,” Good said.

Good chose celibacy after the filming of “Jumping the Broom,” at a time she felt she’d hit “rock bottom” both spiritually and emotionally.