Saturday, July 17, 2004

Eric Benet denies rumors of sex addiction

R&B singer Eric Benet says Halle Berry's stardom isn't the reason his marriage to the Oscar-winning actress fell apart.

In an interview that aired this week on ABC, Benet also denied rumors of having a sex addiction.

"I am not a sex addict," he said. "I am a person who ... through a series of emotional events, troubles, challenges, made some really, really stupid, painful mistakes."

From nearly the moment the X-Men star married Benet in January 2001, tabloids had speculated about his faithfulness.

Benet claims he never committed adultery, but does admit to indiscretions that entailed "verbally inappropriate" behavior and "physical contact that was extremely inappropriate and wrong in a marriage."

The 33-year-old singer also said being referred to as "Mr. Halle Berry" was difficult.

"I would be dishonest if I told you that wasn't an ego blow." However, he adds, "that was not the reason why our marriage fell apart."

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