‘That’s Mine, For Me:’ Queen Latifah On Why She Won’t Share Her Sexuality With The Public

August 8, 2013  |  

The beautiful Queen Latifah is the cover model for the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter and she looks absolutely amazing. In the issue, she reflects on the death of her brother, set boundaries regarding the public and her sexuality and spills on the positivity that she hopes her new talk show, The Queen Latifah Show, will bring to daytime TV. Check out her interview highlights below.

On coping with her brother’s death:

“I know what it is to really lose someone, and the devastation that it causes and the confusion and the helplessness and the desperation and utter grief. There’s nothing closer to me than my brother. That was my foundation. Mommy, Daddy, my brother, from the moment I was born, they were in my life. But I also know some of the little things that can trigger your emotions. You may smell something that reminds you of that person, and it will just flood all of these emotions through you. And it just comes back and you don’t even expect it. Sometimes it’s not only the big knock-you-over-the-head things, it’s the subtle things.”

On “controlling her destiny:”

Poverty will do that. When you want something that you can’t afford, you do what you have to do. Our goal was to use our creativity to turn it into a business that would change the circumstances of our families. For Shakim and me, once we did it, we realized we were really good at it. We could do this all day. Business is fun. Controlling your own destiny is fun. Creating an idea and turning it into a movie; finding an artist and guiding their career and bringing them to some type of status — there’s joy in that. We didn’t go to college. But we’re smart people. We’re hustlers, we’re definitely going to get it done. But we also know where we came from. Nobody wants to go back there. We love the ‘hood, but nobody wants to go back who makes it out.”

On her sexuality: 

I don’t feel the need to discuss my private life on this show or any other show. There’s the part of my life that the public and I share together. And there’s the part that’s mine to keep for myself. And that’s mine. For me.”

On brining positivity to daytime TV: 
“I have to be realistic about what I can and can’t do. So whatever I do has to really be worth it. I like to master the things I do. Making this show great, that’s my focus right now. I want to bring some positivity to daytime TV.”


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