The Precious star married Hicks in 2006 and they are parents to twin sons, but Mo'nique admits the couple has an unconventional marriage - because both she and her man are allowed to date other people.

She first opened up about the arrangement in 2007, but now insists the perception of what goes on in her marriage has been misconstrued.

"Let me tell you what the rule is, so that everybody is clear - the rule is simply honesty..." she told Watch What Happens Live! on Thursday (03Nov16). "Often times, as people, we can't say, 'This is how I'm feeling', and you find out it's so not about sex, it's so not about 'can you be with other people', it's simply about, 'I won't take any secrets to my grave, nor will he take any to his'.

"Now we've been married for a decade now and people say, 'Well, how does it work? How does it happen?' Try it for yourself and find out."

Mo'Nique went on to explain she first came up with the idea of an open marriage, because she was in the "mindset of an entertainer and wanted to have it all", and Sidney was up for the arrangement.

"He said, 'Mo'Nique, we've been best friends since the 10th grade; do you think it (an open marriage) is going to stop us from loving one another?'" she recalled. "So it was just being able to sit down and have that dialogue, to say, 'Hey, let's always make sure we're open and honest'."

"Now the world took it and said, 'Oh my God, Mo'Nique will let that man sleep with anybody because she's a fat girl and he's a beautiful man'. I'm like, 'OK world, it wasn't his idea, it was mine!'

"Now, almost 11 years later, of course it's evolved and it's evolved into this beautiful space of no secrets."