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BACK ON! Common Says Therapy Helped Him Get Back Together With Angela Rye As She Opens Up About Freezing Her Eggs

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Common and Angela Rye are back together. And the rapper-turned-actor credits therapy for their reunion. More inside...

#BlackLove gets a second chance.

Rapper Common and CNN political analyst Angela Rye started dating in summer of 2017, but the couple ended up calling it quits in March 2018 after fans noticed he didn't have her on his arm for the 2018 Academy Awards. The split wasn't messy and they issued a statement saying they would "always be friends."

We found that statement to be true when the Oscar winner brought his ex-girlfriend to his 5th Annual "Toast to the Arts" pre-Oscar dinner party in February 2019. Nothing coupledom like, just friends. They both spoke highly about one another following the split, so it wasn't that much of a surprise to see her at his event. 

Just recently, rumors started circulating that the "Glory" rapper had reunited with another one of his exes, Erykah Badu, after they performed "The Light" together at this year's Black Girls Rock! event. However, that's not the case. 

While promoting his upcoming album Let Love, Common sat down with Power 105 radio personality Angie Martinez to confirm he's most definitely in a relationship with an ex, but it isn't Erykah Badu.

“We’re still really close and I got a lot of love for her, but I’m dating somebody," the 47-year-old rapper/actor said.


While he said Ms. Badu will always have important place in his life, he confirmed he and Angela Rye are BACK ON. He said Erykah is someone he has a connection with and that she's "like family to me at this point,”

"But all that being said, it’s great. I’m happy in the relationship. You’ve got to be able to balance things and know like, okay I love this person, but this ain’t the person for my relationship life.”

"The Chi" actor opened up about how therapy helped him become a better man, which resulted in him being a better partner.

“I think being able to go through situations where I didn’t do good in relationships, some of that was my responsibility, and after repeating that, being like ‘What am I doing wrong?’ and working on self, I’m able to come to a relationship more like whole. This is where I am with it, this is what I’m looking for. If things change, then let’s communicate. I’m real honest with myself. Therapy helped me to do that. It helped me to be like, some of the stuff I’m putting on this person is really stuff from my childhood; baggage I’m carrying. This ain’t that person. [It also helped me] to be able to say the things that I really want and communicate those things; and also to be able to take a situation where I’m stressed about something and not make it about them. They might not even be doing anything wrong, but you can take the stresses of your day and put that on the relationship.”

He said he had to get himself together first before pursuing a relationship with Angela again. And we're sure Angela let him know up front that she was not with the BS. So it seems he leveled up to get his woman back.

“We dated and then I had to get myself together and she was doing some work,” he said. “She’s a strong cookie, but she’s good people and really a good balance and fun, too. I need a partner who is fun because we go out there and do the work and constantly, I’m living out the things I’m passionate about. But so many times I’m talking about the things that are going on in the world, serious things in life, so I just need somebody that’s like, we can just talk and have fun.”

Aww! Good for them.

Peep his interview at the 7-minute mark below:



Common's new album Let Love drops tomorrow, August 30th and he's currently on tour.




An an upcoming episode of “OWN Spotlight: Black Women OWN The Conversation,” Angela Rye opens up about how she was in the process freezing her eggs when she and Common broke up.

“I went through a breakup that was life-shaking for me a year ago,” she shared. “At the same time I was going through the breakup, I was going through the process of freezing my eggs.”

Angela said the breakup made her question if motherhood and marriage was for her, but then she had a change of heart.

“For a moment, as soon as I froze my eggs, I was like, ‘I’m good. I don’t need these fools at all," she explained.

“After my godson’s moved in, I was like, ‘This might actually be more rewarding than any speech I’ve ever given, than any book I could ever write, than any opportunity to mentor anyone,'” Rye explained. “I feel like just them being around, I’ve grown as a person. I think that is truly a lesson you can only learn on a motherhood journey.”

Check out the first look below: 

See the full episode with Angela, actress Ryan Michelle Bathe, the California Surgeon General Nadine Burke Harris, and comedian Dulcé Sloan when it premeires August 31st at 10/9c on OWN.



Photo: Ron Adar / Shutterstock.com

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