Marques Houston, an American R&B artist, made news in 2020 when he married a 19-year-old adolescent.

When he married his now-wife, Miya Dickey, in 2020, he was 39 years old, and she was only 19 years old.

Marques Houston received a lot of flak for his relationship with Miya when he announced their engagement in 2020 after only five months of dating.

Marques Houston

Marques Houston

Miya is now 22 years old, and the couple is expecting a baby girl in 2021.

Marques Houston defended his decision to marry a 19-year-old in a recent interview with Page Six, saying women his age come with baggage and children.

“A red flag to me [was] always with a woman that had a kid. Nothing against single women, but single mothers with children are a red flag for me,” he said.

“I tip my hat and respect women that are raising children on their own,” he told us. “But when I grew up, I never really wanted to have kids.”

He continued, “I would talk to my dad a lot, and he would always tell me to have your own kids because you never know what the baby daddy‘s are about. So if you’re gonna have kids, make sure it is with a woman that never had kids. So that was always my red flag… and a woman with an attitude. I don’t like women with funky attitudes.”

The dancer and model stated that he is 41 years old and might have married a 44-year-old woman and that their marriage may have ended in disaster.

“I’m 41, she is 22. I could’ve married a 44-year-old woman, and it could’ve been disastrous,” he told Page Six.

“Women that are my age… they kind of have a different outlook on life. Like a lot of women my age are very independent. They are very like, ‘I don’t need a man to do this for me ’cause I can do it for myself.’ I come from a generation that I love to provide for my wife.”

Marques Houston said he had dated numerous women before Miya, some of whom had children and baggage and others who did not. But no one was able to steal his heart like Miya.

“There’s a lot of women my age I’ve dated, they may have baggage. They may have kids, they may not. There’s so many different women I’ve been with throughout my life, and it just so happens to be that this one [Miya] caught my heart. Everything that I prayed for — and everything that I wanted in a woman — she came with. Although she was young, I’m young in spirit.”