Queen Latifah Shares How Falling In Love Was Her Saving Grace In The Latest Issue Of Jet
Covering the latest issue of JET magazine is Rap icon/ actress/ talk show host Queen Latifah. In it the star opens up about her latest passion, her stance on same-sex love and the one event that almost destroyed her life. Check out the highlights below.
On when her faith was most challenged
The biggest thing to ever test my personal faith was the loss of my brother in a motorcycle accident… I believed it ruined my life. I probably had a five-year interruption in any type of personal growth. There were some things I didn’t learn in my twenties because I was disconnected emotionally. I could only get so close or feel so much.”
How she was able to move forward
I fell in love. It was like a circuit breaker had switched off.
On her participation in the same-sex marriage ceremony at the Grammy Awards
It was a beautiful moment and not a political decision… I knew it would make a statement and I’m fine with the statement it made.
On why she did a talk show after a 13-year hiatus
I had a lot to share and wanted to add some positivity to daytime TV; something fun, energetic and with a little more flavor. Personally I’m in a much better spot. I’ve done a lot of growing and I’m okay with being in one place for a prolonged amount of time. Before, I was a bit more nomadic.
I’m in a totally different place now. I wanted to accomplish so much the last time around— acting, singing, producing— so I wasn’t completely focused. Of course I still enjoy doing all of those things but I really want to be here. I’m so excited to go to work every day on the show.
On her growth over the years and why she doesn’t use the words immaturity:
I wouldn’t say I was immature, just more mature in certain areas. For in- stance, wanting to be more stable and looking at life down the road was some- thing I thought about before, but I was more concerned about being the breadwinner. I never had a boss. When you are responsible for yourself you can do whatever you want. I took full advantage of that. I won’t go into the details, but I’m definitely one of those people who lives life to the fullest.
You can read the full interview in the latest issue of JET available on newsstands today