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Golden Globe winner Common opened up about his breakup with tennis icon Serena Williams and talked to Meredith Vieira about their ongoing friendship. Watch the clips inside…

Fresh off a Golden Globe win and a critically praised performance of “Glory” at the Grammys, award-winning rapper and actor Common appeared on The Meredith Vieira Show this week where he opened up about breaking up with Serena Williams and how they’ve managed to maintain a friendship post-breakup. When Meredith asked how their relationship ended, Common said,

“Yeah, yeah it was kind of eventually a mutual breakup but she initiated it. It’s okay though, for me we’ve got a great understanding and I care about her as a person. I think most of the people that I’ve dealt with in my adult life, the woman I have dealt with I care about so we can keep that friendship. It’s not like every person you talk to every other day but you still have that respect and you have love for them and want to see them do well.”

Meredith went on to ask if the pair had started dating “now” instead of “then”, could it have played out differently. He said,

“I don’t think about that but I do recognize that if we were both at different points at that time then the relationship would have been different. I let the past be the past, grow from the past and stay in the present.”

In one of the show’s high points, Common talked about Selma getting snubbed at the Oscars, while delivering one of the most politically correct responses ever:

“I don’t really use the word snub. That’s not a word I ever used before. I have to say that we are grateful that Selma has been nominated for best picture and we are grateful we have been nominated for best original song. Of course I was disappointed, I wanted Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo and everybody to receive their nominations but we also understand this movie was about voting right, and the voting process, and if that didn’t happen this time we’ve got to respect that they weren’t voted to be nominated this time, but hopefully they will in the future. The impact the movie is having is something to be celebrated when you know people have bought tickets for junior high school students, across country the country this has been happening, for students to go attend this movie. Wealthy people said we are going to gather our money so we make sure students see this movie and churches black and white have taken their congregations…that’s impact you want to have. I’m just grateful to be a part of it. “

Well said sir….

On breaking up with Serena:

On the Selma snub:

Opening up about sex:

Photos via Meredith Vieita

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