R&B singer Mario Winans (below) celebrated his 41st birthday last month.
The occasion got us thinking about the song that earned him his greatest fame; the chart-topping hit that was I Don’t Wanna Know.
Released back in 2004, the track saw Winans crooning to his lover, letting her know that if she was cheating on him, he wouldn’t want to know. The lyrics of the chorus went as follows:
We asked a range of people in relationships whether they would want to know if their spouse/partner was playing away.
One female participant told Dates4Us: “Me and my partner have been together for almost 10 years and we’ve got a child together. That type of betrayal would cause so much heartache and upheaval. I think I’d prefer not to know.”
Another male contributor said: “It would depend on whether it was a one-off or a long term affair. If it was a one-off, I’d prefer not to know, but if she’d been seeing someone for a long time, I’d want to know so I could end the relationship and move on. I couldn’t forgive that.”
Similar sentiments came from another male participant: “Nobody wants to be laughed at behind their back, so I would want to know,” he said.
One female contributor believes that a one-off encounter could be considered a mistake.
“If it was a one-off misdemeanour, I’d really rather not know unless everyone else knew and I didn’t,” she said. “It could genuinely have been a stupid mistake. But if he had cheated more than once, I’d want that information so I could have the power to decide how I want to proceed.”
She added: “Once you lose trust, your relationship is effectively over.”
Would you want to know if your partner was cheating on you? And if it was you that did the cheating – and it was just a one-off – would you confess all to your partner? Tell us your thoughts!
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Mario Winans I Don’t Wanna Know: