Queen Latifah On Getting Over Her Brother’s Death: “I Fell In Love”

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 The April 21 issue of JET Magazine is all about faith and spirituality and what better person to speak on those issues than rapper, producer, talk show host, actress, and all around female icon Queen Latifah?

The 44-year-old is the cover beauty for JET’s upcoming issue and inside she’s talking about some pretty heavy things, like the tragic loss of her brother, falling in love, and maturing as a person. Here are a few excerpts from the interview:

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 growing as a woman

I wouldn’t say I was immature, just more mature in certain areas. For instance, wanting to be more stable and looking at life down the road was something 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.

On having children

“I’ve wanted to adopt since I was 18 because I grew up with friends who could’ve used good parents.  Maybe it’s my romanticism of after-school specials where someone would adopt a child and life would be great afterward.  I have a lot of love to give.”

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.”

The April 21 issue of JET is on newsstands now. What do you think about Queen Latifah’s feature?

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