On Monday, Michelle Williams posted a cryptic message on her social media about the necessity in finding completeness rather than focusing on a relationship.
Many took her post to mean that her relationship with pastor Chad Johnson was on the rocks, when more than likely her post was about how she took the time to heal past hurts in order to delve fully into future with Johnson.
The couple is still on a whirlwind journey prompting their OWN reality series Chad Loves Michelle, and recently discussed why they decided to place their love under the sometimes harsh lights of reality TV during a recent Radio One interview.
The two shared how filming their marriage counseling sessions fostered the premise of the show.
“It’s taught me to sit in my fears, face my fears. Sit in uncomfortable conversations instead of wanting to run,” Williams said. She explained both her and Johnson had to rework their minds to grasp the importance of partnership being that they had both been on their own for such a long time.
Williams and Johnson faced difficulties in the public eye early on in their relationship, including negative comments on their interracial relationship and their choice to be celibate.
As the series began to air more of their relationship faced scrutiny, compounded with Williams needing to focus on her health after she checked into a rehab center for depression. Through it all the camera’s kept rolling, which opened the door for more public commentary.
“For us, you know I keep saying, as long as we’re good, it really doesn’t matter what the world thinks. We have to live our life and they’ll be onto something else in no time,” Johnson said.
“It’s given us the opportunity to learn one another. The show has held us accountable on another level. And I don’t know about other reality shows, but I know that sometimes there can be a stigma on reality, but as for Chad Loves Michelle, 100 percent of what we’re doing and what we’re doing and what we’re allowing the cameras to capture is real. It’s our real life, it’s our journey,” he contineud.
But in turn, they say the show has done more good than harm and are overwhelmed by all the positive energy they’ve received.
“The countless people that have come up to us, that have sent sweet messages of how ‘it is healing, it’s helping, this is what’s needed,’ and that just confirms the purpose of why we are doing Chad Loves Michelle. It’s been healing for a lot of people,” Williams said.
Chad Loves Michelle airs every Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.