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On today's "Tamron Hall", "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Jeannie Mai discusses her headline-making statement that she plans to "submit to my man" when she marries rapper Jeezy.

The Emmy Award-winning co-host of "The Real" also opens up to Tamron Hall about her experience with sexual assault and how it affected her relationship with her mother.

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On the Thursday, October 8th edition of "Tamron Hall," Jeannie discussed her public statement about her plans to "submit" to her fiancé Jeezy, born Jay Jenkins, after she gets married. Mai's revelation was met with mixed response on social media, but she had a ready explanation:

"Well for me, submit does not mean that you are lower or less important than your man," Jeannie said.

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"Of course, Jay and I respect each other very equally. What I mean is in my work life, in my actual life, I own my businesses, I run my team, I make all of the decisions and I lead entirely in the outside of my life. So in my home, I want my man to lead. I want him to take in what I would like and what my wishes are, what my dreams are, and then incorporate it, making the overall decision that’s best for our vision together."

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Jeannie dismissed social media's reaction to her statement:

"Girl, I am 41, I don't care what kind of pushback I get from other women out there. This is my life and you know coming out of divorce and also making a major decision to marry again after being blessed to fall in love and finding such a beautiful person, I want to be very clear and open about how our life can be so that we make sure that our vision is aligned and that we both are empathetic to each other and know that this is the structure we’re going into. I think the biggest mistake that you can make is not communicating what you want and not setting it up for a win."

"Tamron Hall" airs Thursday, Oct. 8 on OWN Network.

Watch clips from Tamron's interview with Jeannie Mai below.