Grammy winner Brian McKnight is perhaps best known for writing poignant ballads and singing sultry love songs, but some of his most powerful relationship takeaways aren't found in his music.
As McKnight tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" in an interview, he learned quite a bit about marriage from his 13-year union to (and subsequent divorce from) former wife Julie, whom he married in 1990. He shares two of his biggest lessons in the above clip.
"One: No one should get married at 20," McKnight says, referencing his own experience. "Let's start there."
McKnight's second piece of advice is a bit more broad.
"Two: When you decide to make a commitment to someone, make sure that that person has everything you want," he advises. "Do not compromise on one thing, because it's those things that are going to get you through the tough times."
What happens when the booty's gone and the money's gone?
Though compromise is touted as one of the pillars of a solid relationship, the singer explains that if you want a relationship to last, you don't make concessions with the inherent qualities you're looking for in a partner.
"It's easy to walk away from someone that doesn't have everything you want," McKnight says simply.
He continues, "You compromised because maybe their booty was just big enough, or maybe his wallet was just big enough. What happens when the booty's gone and the money's gone?"
You can catch up with Brian McKnight on this weekend's episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?", airing Saturday, April 30, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.
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