What does polyamorous mean? Definition of the term as Willow Smith discusses polyamory at Red Table Talk

In an episode of Red Table Talk the singer and actor opened up about being polyamorous

Willow Smith has spoken further about what it means to be polyamorous as a way educating others on the misconceptions surrounding the subject.

But what does polyamory mean and what did Willow Smith say about it?

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In an episode of Red Table Talk Willow Smith opened up about being polyamorous (Photo: Shutterstock)

What is polyamory?

Polyamory is where someone is in more than one intimate relationship at the same time.

Relationships between polyamorous people can include combinations of people of different sexual orientations, and is characterised by emotional as well as sexual or romantic intimacy between partners.

According to the Polyamory Society, “Polyamory is the non possessive, honest, responsible and ethical philosophy and practice of loving multiple people simultaneously.

“Polyamory emphasises consciously choosing how many partners one wishes to be involved with rather than accepting social norms which dictate loving only one person at a time.”

‘The freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you’

In an episode of Red Table Talk, which aired on Wednesday (28 April), the singer and actor opened up about being polyamorous.

Discussing the topic with her mother, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and her grandmother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, the singer, aged 20, said: “With polyamory, I feel like the main foundation is the freedom to be able to create a relationship style that works for you and not just stepping into monogamy because that’s what everyone around you says is the right thing to do.

“So I was like, how can I structure the way that I approach relationships with that in mind?

Also, doing research into polyamory, the main reasons why monogamous relationships― or why marriage ― why divorces happen is infidelity.”

However, the singer noted that having more than one partner at a time doesn’t mean she’s more sexually active.

She said: “In my friend group, I’m the only polyamorous person and I have the least sex out of all of my friends.”

Addressing the topic of marriage, Smith went on to say: “‘The history of marriage really irks me. Just the history of marriage as a whole and what it has represented over the years, for women in particular.

“I feel like the only way that I would get married is – let’s say me and my partner or partners wants to help people, and we need to put our finances together in order to make that vision happen.”

“That’s the only way I could see myself getting married,” she added.

However, this isn’t the first time Smith has opened up about polyamory, as in a 2019 episode of Red Table Talk, the singer said she “could be polyfidelitous” with one man and one woman.

She said at the time: “I’m not the kind of person that is constantly looking for new sexual experiences.

“I focus a lot on the emotional connection and I feel like if I were to find two people of the different genders that I really connected with and we had a romantic and sexual connection, I don’t feel like I would feel the need to try to go find more.”

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