Rapper Akon recently confessed that he practices polygamy and has three "wives". The Senegalese star made the confession on DJ ANGIE MARTINEZ’ New York radio show. He has since then been banned from talking about his home life by his record label, who fear will negatively impact his career.
Akon, 25, told Martinez, "I'm a polygamist. I can afford to have as many wives as I can afford to have. All Africans believe in it. My dad has four wives."
The rapper insisted that under the teachings of the Koran, all wives must be treated equally, which Akon insists he does. But the Atlanta, Georgia-based star's confession has forced his label l to issue him with a gagging order. Akon was upset that he couldn’t talk about his life without being judged and told AllHipHop.com,
"Unfortunately, this is the world we live in, people do judge you by your beliefs and how you think. It's a free country, but it's really not free."
In the meantime this rapper will repay the African fans that helped him find success, by touring in the continent. The 25-year-old moved to America when he was seven, but insists that it was the support from other Africans and other expatriates in the US that has driven him to the top.
"The success overseas - I would definitely contribute that towards my African following, because no matter where I go Africans are deep. We just got a sense of pride to where we really always support each other. "We're about to do a tour of the Afrique, it's probably going to start in the spring of next year in 2007. We're doing a world tour starting in February (07), we're gonna start in Europe and hit Africa and then swing it back around to the US."