Despite her often super-sexy image (anyone see the last season of The Game?), actress Meagan Good in real life is now quite different than her occasional bad-girl personae. The Think Like a Man star recently told Life & Style magazine that she and fiancÃ©, movie producer DeVon Franklin, won’t be getting into bed until they walk down the aisle.
“Our wedding night will be the first time we’re actually together,” says Meagan.
The 30-year-old said she knew that DeVon was the one after he was willing to take a vow of celibacy with her while dating. The pair met in 2011 while filming the movie, Jumping the Broom.
Lots of folks were skeptical of the pair’s success initially. Before dating DeVon, who is also a Seventh Day Adventist pastor, Meagan had been linked to Jaime Foxx, 50 Cent, Souljah Boy, among others, and was known to be a little bit of a party girl. DeVon on the other hand, who in addition to being a pastor is Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, draws on his experience and relationship with God to create faith-based films.
Yet Meagan opened up to Global Grind, saying that her decision to become celibate came before her relationship with DeVon and after dealing with lot of previous heartache. She said, “I was crying about so much at the time that God told me exactly what it was going to be and he told me that the next relationship that I got into was going to be ‘the’ relationship. God told me specifically what the criteria was with the man I was going to marry and he told me to not settle.”
She attributes allowing herself to be led by God and choosing celibacy to be what allowed her to being a relationship with DeVon. “”...shortly after that I became celibate. I said, ‘Alright Lord, let’s see what you have for me. Oddly enough, Devon and I had known each other for six years and ['Jumping The Broom'] wrapped nine months before we even dated. During a couple of those months before, it started getting in my spirit that he was going to be my husband and he didn’t even know.”
The social media sphere is buzzing with the news, with most people congratulating the star and lauding her choice as an inspiration, along with others accusing her of pulling a public “switcheroo” all in the attempt to nab a husband.
Despite naysayers, the pair appear to be going strong and are already planning their “bayou-themed” wedding after being engaged in April. She spoke about her and DeVon’s shared faith saying, “He loves God, more than I love God, so I don’t think there’s anything wrong [with him].”
What do you think of Meagan and DeVon’s decision? Does celibacy help singles getting serious about marriage? Do you think that Meagan and Devon are role models for couples trying to practice abstinence?