With his sultry voice and racy lyrics, Miguel is undoubtedly as smooth as can be. The African-Mexican American singer-songwriter has been charming his way into the hearts of R&B listeners for over a decade.
Throughout most of the course of his music career, the "Sure Thing" singer has been by the side of his longtime partner, model, singer, entrepreneur, and actress Nazanin Mandi (she really does it all).
If we're being brutally honest, we desperately want to know what those two did in their past lives, because boy oh boy do they look beautiful together. But after 17 years together (they dated for a decade before getting engaged in 2016), somewhere, something went wrong with the married couple, as the duo publicly announced their separation. But we know how the rumor mill works, and people are already speculating that Miguel cheated on Nazanin. So, did Miguel really cheat? Let's explore this theory.
How did Miguel and Nazanin Mandi meet?
"The couple both wish each other well," stated the couple's rep according to People. Isn't that always the case? Not to say it's not true, but there's something incredibly hollow about that statement, especially considering the pair's long history.
As told by Vogue, Miguel and Nazanin met when they were mere 18-year-olds, as Nazanin was interviewing the R&B star about his upcoming behind-the-scenes DVD intended to promote his first music video.
“I asked him a question that wasn’t on my Q&A, which was: ‘All the ladies want to know, do you have a girlfriend?’ And he smiled and said, ‘No, but I’m looking for one,'" Nazanin said. What a bold move.
"We exchanged numbers, and he called me the next day to ask me out on a date... and ever since then, it’s been one hell of a ride!” Little did the barely-legal duo know, they'd eventually tie the knot on Nov. 24, 2018, at California's Hummingbird Nest Ranch.
"I've come so far as a man and I'm just starting to feel solid where I can be like, 'You know what? I think I can hold this down legitimately.' I think now people throw things around like marriage. I just wasn't raised like that," Miguel explained to Hot 97 back in 2015.
He went on to say that Nazanin ultimately learned that he "follows his instincts," which only made him love her more. That's all fine and well as long as infidelity isn't involved.
So, did Miguel cheat on Nazanin?
Don't believe everything you read on the interweb, folks, as no truly reliable source has confirmed that Miguel cheated on Nazanin.
However, plenty of gossip sites have accused Miguel of cheating on Nazanin early on in their relationship, as well as passionate Twitter users who are seemingly not in favor of Miguel's supposed dating habits.
Rumors have swirled for years regarding infidelity at the hands of Miguel, as well as overall relationship drama, but both of them did open up about the struggles of their relationship on the short-lived Ladies Like Us with Nazanin and Nadia podcast, which was hosted by Nazanin and Nadia Moham from 2019 to 2020.
"There were a lot of ups and downs for us, in fact, we even broke up in our 20s. A lot of people don't know that. We broke up for about a solid year. We both dated other people, which is so crazy to think about. Y'know, he had to go do his thing, I needed to try and find myself," Nazanin said. "It was a lot."
Miguel even mentioned being on-and-off in love with Nazanin, as it wasn't a constant feeling for him. The two clearly overcame many hurdles, but perhaps the split is for the best.