Mario has gone from being just a friend to being his girls' somebody else in his relationships and now he says he's taking things slowly on the love front. In a recent interview with Cocoa Fab, the 26-year-old singer talked about his "fatal distractions" and going for women he shouldn't have.
"At the time it was off limits," he says of his relationship with Dez, his ex-manager's girl and Amber Rose's ex-best friend. "We knew each other for a long time and that influenced me. I was in a very rebellious place in my life and I wasn't using my head properly. It was fatal distraction. Looking back, that's something I will never do again because as a man no matter how good the temptation may be it's something I'll never do again. I think we always want what we can't have. Until we get it, and then you realize it wasn't for you in the first place."
But that wasn't the only time Mario has been the other man. In fact, he's had a string of situations where he's been somebody's somebody else and his song "Somebody Else," featuring Nicki Minaj, from his upcoming album was inspired by his past experiences.
"I've always been the somebody else," he admits. "Most of my relationships — and I've changed my frequency a bit — but a lot of the women I met a year or two years ago, they were either just getting out of a relationship or they are looking to get out of the relationship that they were currently in. So I've definitely been somebody's somebody else. And I've had situations where I've dated a girl and things didn't work out and she leaves, then comes back. It's all about what you put into the situation. Every cause has an effect. So it's just the way the universe works out. You have to think about your decision because you'll see the results in four of five months."
While Mario considers himself a "very attentive" and "passionate lover," he says that he's not looking to fall in love right now. Instead, he's focusing on nurturing meaningful relationships with others and if it eventually evolves into something intimate then so be it.
"My theory is that it takes two people to be in love and being in love is an agreement that you both make. Right now I'm looking to have really great relationships. Not just sexual or intimate relationships because that naturally happens, but relationships that are beneficial to growth, emotionally and spiritually and physically. I like having cool chicks around me. My perception of women has changed over the past three years. Because of the way I grew up, my perception of women was distorted and I think as a young man of color sometimes your upbringing can distort your view of women and you have to work to correct that. Being 26 now, I see life in a different way. I'm not looking to have one-on-one relationships, I'm looking to have a plethora of good healthy relationships that could possibly lead to something more serious in the future."
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