Common isn’t usually the one to kiss and tell, but he opens up about his past romances in his new memoir, One Day It’ll All Make Sense. During an interview with the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago, Illinois native explains that the book was the perfect medium to address relationships with Erykah Badu, Serena Williams and Taraji P. Henson.

“I feel like this is the medium to do it,” he explained. “When I’m in a relationship, I’m not going to parade that relationship. It’s not for public consumption. It’s my life. But when I’m talking about things that happened in the past, this is perfect for me.

“The stories I’m telling are not only to entertain,” he continued, “but they’re there to inspire and to relate to and to say, ‘Man, this guy is not perfect, this guy been through some of the same things I’ve been through and he just decided to make some choices and is doing well. But he’s still a work in progress.”

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He also addressed how he wished the White House controversy could have been timed better to occur after he released his book, AMC TV show “Hell on Wheels” and upcoming album, The Dreamer, The Believer. “Oh man, that would have been perfect,” he said. “When that drama happened, we wished everything — from the book to ‘Hell on Wheels’ — was all out there. That was a time of heightened publicity for me and people were interested in what was going on with me.”

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