One of the celeb moms we feature often on our red carpet, Taraji P. Henson is releasing her memoirs about being a single mom in Hollywood and she recently opened up in Redbook magazine.
The Empire star covers the magazine’s September issue and inside, she dishes exclusively on her upcoming autobiography, “Around the Way Girl”. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Academy Award nominee also gives readers a sneak peak into her thoughts on solo-parenting, the challenges and offers advice.
On holding out for the right kind of romantic relationship: “If I was going to get married, it had to be for love, because I wanted [my son] Marcell to see that real kind of love — the kind I yearn for. That old couple crooked and bent over but still holding hands. I know that kind of love exists and I’m not going to stop until I have that.”
How being overprotective of children isn’t doing them any favors: “These days we’re so busy protecting our kids, when we really should be pulling back the blinds and showing them that we live in a world that’s not always fair and moral. Sometimes we try to protect our children so much that when something doesn’t go right in their lives, they’re unprepared to deal with adversity. I don’t think that does our kids any favors.”
On being a single mother and feeling the pressure to do it all: “It depends on what women equate success with. I think we try to do our best. And yes, we can do it all, but I wouldn’t wish being a single parent on my worst enemy. It is not easy.”
Why she’s not afraid of aging: “I grew up watching women in my family embrace getting older and I think that’s healthy. You ought to see my grandmother: She is 92, looks great, still travels, and dates a younger man. I’m 46 and I’m proud. Men don’t lie about their age, so why should women?”
The issue hits news stands this September 13, 2016. Look for it to read the rest of the interview. The memoir is titled Around the Way Girl and releases on October 11, 2016 but can be pre-ordered here!