Queen Latifah Discusses Mother’s Struggles With Scleroderma

May 3, 2014  |  

From Essence

Queen Latifah is a busy woman. Talk show host, Cover girl and singer-actress are just some of the accolades on her resume, but perhaps one of the most important is, caretaker.

In an interview with PEOPLE, the Oscar-nominated star revealed that last spring as she was gearing up to star hosting for the Emmy-nominated The Queen Latifah Show, she was also preparing to take on the responsibility of caring for her mother Rita Owens’ medical needs.

“I wasn’t going to do the show unless she came here,” said Latifah. “I knew she was dealing with her health issues sometimes and I would not be able to get to her as easily.”

In 2013, Owens was diagnosed with scleroderma, an incurable autoimmune disease that causes scar tissue build up in her lungs. She also suffers from pulmonary hypertension, which affects her ability to breathe.

We remember when Rita used to guest star on Living Single being a mother both on and off set! We love their relationship. Read more about how the Queen juggles her career and caring for her mother on Essence.

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