Meagan Good Says She Knew Devon Franklin Was Her Husband Months Before He Did + Couple Opens Up About Celibacy: We Had Sleepovers, But You Gotta Know Your Boundaries
Meagan Good and Devon Franklin were one of the first Hollywood couples to open up about not having sex with one another before marriage.
The two met on the set of 2011’s Jumping the Broom, which starred Meagan Good. Devon Franklin was a producer on the feature film.
The two tied the knot in July 2012 and were extremely open about being abstinent and not having sex with one another until their wedding night. They even released a book called The Wait that detailed their experiences.
Now, the couple is talking bout their celibacy. Devon Franklin said during an appearance on The Tamron Hall Show recently,
“I think we just wanted to share because relationships are so hard. And truth be told, there’s not a lot of guidance out there. So we wanted to share our truth, and that waiting to have sex was a critical part of the healthy foundation of our marriage and relationship. And we both were doing it independently. I had been doing it for years before Meagan and I got together. Because being out in the world, speaking and preaching, telling one thing, there was a time when I was doing something different. And I wanted to reconcile who I was in public and in private. So that’s why I decided to wait. I said ‘I’m gonna wait until marriage’ after I wasn’t waiting. And then Meagan and I got together and found out she had been waiting.”
Meagan Good also shared her own experience and said she knew Devon Franklin was her husband before he knew.
“It’s really interesting because we had met four years prior to working on ‘Jumping The Broom.’ He was the executive on ‘Jumping The Broom’, I was the actress on the film. And I was in the tail end of a not so great relationship. We just weren’t right for each other. I really got a chance to get to know [Devn] on set. I thought ‘Man that’s the kind of guy I wish I could marry.’ And that was it. He’s the guy who gives you the job, that’s all I thought about it.”
“And then I got back from Nova Scotia filming and I was like ‘Man Lord I’m at a really hard place. I’m at a standstill in my life. What am I supposed to be doing?’ The first thing that God told me was that it was time to get out of that relationship. The second thing that God told me was that it was time to celibate. And the third thing that God told me was that Devon was my husband.”
“I was like ‘Okay. So…’ And I didn’t know him that well. I was like ‘So what I do Lord?’ And God was just like ‘Nothing. Just work on yourself.’ So I spent the next nine months healing, working on damage from childhood, growing up in the business, things you just go through in life. And about five months in I started telling friends and family that Devon was my husband. And they were like ‘Really? Does he know that?’ I’m like ‘No.'”
The two said they hadn’t even gone on a date with each other yet.
“Didn’t know anything about it at all.”
He continued and said that when they met, he was the executive on the film she was working on, and thought to himself,
“I would never cross that line. And also… it’s Meagan Good. That’s just… the stars, the moon… they’re all in another stratosphere.”
The next time they saw each other was at the premiere for Jumping The Broom. Good joked that her and her friends were
“following him around the party like little school girls.”
They went on a date a few weeks later, dated for 10 months before getting engaged, and then married 2 months after that.
As for how they handled their celibacy while dating, Franklin talked about how they steered clear of “triggers.”
“It’s one of the things we talk about in the book. We talk about the power of delayed gratification. We live in a time where everybody wants everything now. But there’s a lot of value when we just wait and sit back and say ‘You know what, I’m gonna delay this because if I do, I’ll get what I actually want when it’s time for it.’ So for us we had to know our triggers. That meant that some nights we couldn’t Netflix & chill. We couldn’t do it!”
He added that they did “cuddle” somedays, but said,
“Every day was different. We had sleepovers, but again, you gotta know your boundaries. You gotta know your triggers.”
He also said they had sleepovers but sometimes had to have a pillow in between them.
“Somedays I’d be weak, she’d be strong. Some days she’d be weak I’d be strong. So it was both of us wanting the same thing, but being okay to let moment by moment dictate what we did in those moments.”
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