A sologamist is someone who married himself or herself. It is commonly seen as a gesture of self-love and affirmation for oneself, a celebration of being secure in your own identity. Bad breakups, a quest to be comfortable in their own skins, are some of the reasons that trigger some people to practice this system of marriage.
One of the men, apart from women, who had once practiced this type of marriage before is Dennis Rodman.
Dennis Rodman, born May 13, 1961, is an American professional basketball player, actor, and wrestler. He was one of the most skilled rebounders, best defenders, and most outrageous characters in the history of the professional game.
Born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1961, Dennis Rodman was selected in the second round of the 1986 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons. He went on to become one of the league’s dominant rebounders, leading the Pistons and later the Chicago Bulls to multiple championships, before earning induction into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2011. Rodman also earned attention for his reality show appearances, as well as his unusual friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
His father worked for the Air Force and even fought the Vietnam War. His father left his family and settled in Philippines. After Rodman’s father left his family, he grew up with his mother and two sisters, Debra and Kim, in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. His mother took up several jobs to make ends meet.
The NBA star experienced difficulties with his upbringing, especially after his parents separated. His father left them and went to live in the Philippines. It is reported that his father has many children besides the two siblings mentioned. Despite the inevitable challenges that Dennis went through, he attended school and worked hard. He discovered his talent in basketball, and he began to participate in sports when he was still in school. It was at South Oak Cliff High School that Dennis met Gary Blair. Gary was his gym teacher as well as a basketball coach to his siblings. He performed poorly in academics and this forced him to quit college. Despite giving up on academics, he ever relented in basketball. He continued to participate and to shine in all the matches he played. This passion made him a famous and celebrated NBA star for the two decades he played for the association. Rodman grew up in the projects in Dallas with his sisters, Debra and Kim, and his mother, Shirley. He was painfully shy, clung to his mother’s shirt as a small boy, dutifully following his older sisters wherever they roamed. They were poor, his mother worked multiple jobs to support them, and he was left to fend for himself, bullied by the boys in the neighborhood. He was lonely and frightened of what the future held
As a wrestler, he won the Celebrity Championship Wrestling tournament. Rodman even started his own television talk show titled The Rodman World Tour, which was known for his unique style of interviewing his guests. He even starred in the Hollywood movies, Double Team and Simon Sez. His poor acting skills in Double Team won him a triple Razzie Award. He thereafter, appeared in several TV shows of which he won the reality show, Celebrity Mole
Rodman, stepped into the spotlight in 2013 when he decided to try his hand in Diplomacy. He travelled to North Korea, a country believed to be isolated and closed to many. He met with the country’s infamous leader, Kim Jong-un, and played an exhibition basketball match with him. The pair went ahead to watch a game together during the visit.
After the visit, he branded the controversial leader as honest and awesome. He also offered to return to North Korea and mend the broken relationship between the isolated state and the USA.
Rodman garnered as much publicity for his public antics. In 1996, 25 years ago, after declaring himself fed up with women he had dated and broken up with, he then claimed he was bisexual and married himself. Rodman arrived in a horse-drawn carriage dressed in a wedding gown to launch his book, Bad as I Wanna Be, in a New York Barnes and Noble. In his memoir, Rodman explained that he began cross-dressing at an early age as a young person growing up primarily among woman. To promote said memoir, Bad as I Wanna Be, Rodman apparently got the inspiration from Howard Stern who had just done something similar when promoting his own book.
On July 14, 2020, Rodman’s father Philander died of prostate cancer in Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines at the age of 79. Dennis had previously reconciled with his father in 2012 when he made a trip to the Philippines after years of being estranged.