The candid discussion took place during an episode featuring co-hosts Vivica A. Fox, Chanel Scott, and Kendra G.
She expressed concern about the potential impact on their mental well-being if the family were to separate, particularly at crucial moments in their lives, such as Kingston’s formative years and her eldest son’s pursuit of a college basketball career.
While Johnson’s willingness to endure potential issues for the sake of her children received support from some quarters, others criticized her decision, suggesting it sends a problematic message about acceptable behavior in relationships. Commenters expressed concerns about the potential normalization of mishandling women and breaking vows.
“Soooo teach your sons that it’s ok to mishandle women and your vows because mommy is going to stay? This is a loaded question I do understand her point to some degree but it’s also teaching your sons that this behavior is ok,” someone said.
Another commenter stated:
Others suggested that everyone has “taken back a cheater,” while some accused Johnson of sacrificing her happy to stay married.
“And this is why folks be unhappily married fr years!!” wrote one IG user. “A lot of ppl stay married bcuz of the kids. Hey if it works fr u then we love it,” and another said, “I tip my hat to a lot of yall women. Y’all built differently. If I was married and my wife cheated, that’s automatically grounds for divorce for me. I’d walk away peacefully.”
The controversy surrounding Johnson’s perspective has ignited a broader conversation about the complexities of relationships, with varying opinions on whether prioritizing family unity is commendable or compromises personal well-being.