Akon is Muslim and reportedly has five wives.

Akon has sparked controversy after declaring that legalising polygamy in the US would decrease domestic disputes in relationships.

Speaking to TMZ, the hip hop star, who is a said to have five wives, claimed that the idea of a man staying faithful to one woman all his life was unrealistic as no woman could satisfy a man's every need.

According to the 40-year-old Muslim, men need to be with multiple woman while women a were not made to mate with more than one partner.

"The average guy in the world has a main girl and they got a side chick. And then they got a jumpoff. At the end of the day as a male we are natural breeders by nature. We can't even escape it if we wanted to," he said.

"Men are put on this earth to breed and the reason why God put multiple women on this earth is for that."

The Smack That Hitmaker went on to claim that the pressures of being in a monogamous relationship had a negative effect on society.

He added: "As humans, women need to take more time to understand men. If they can do that I think things will work out better for us."

Akon went on to claim that finding your soulmate was not enough reason to stay committed as it was unlikely she would be able to satisfy your needs.

"You find that one woman that supplies everything that you desire in a woman, of course that will be a motivation to stick with that one woman, but I don't know one woman that can satisfy a man's every need. It's impossible.

"Women aren't built to breed like that or mate with more than one partner. Women aren't built that way, men are."

His comments provoked a strong response from the online community.

While some fans claimed that his views were enlightening other accused him of using religion to support his chauvinistic behaviour.

One commentator said: "Some of you are justifying, saying we should accept it because it's a part of his religion/culture. I guess we should accept incest, rape, paedophilia , ********** etc. that are STILL apart of some cultures today, huh ?"

Another wrote: "I personally do not see anything wrong with Polygamy, as long as it is between consenting adults, what is the problem?"