On the latest cover of Good Housekeeping, Queen Latifah is ALL smiles! However, inside the magazine she reveals that she's made it through some extremely dark times, and she didn't always handle it in the healthiest of ways.
In 1992 her brother Lancelot Jr. died in a fatal accident, and to make matters even worse he was riding a motorcycle she bought him at the time of the crash. Then in 1995, she was the victim of an EXTREMELY violent carjacking in which her friend was shot and nearly died!
Latifah admits that she didn't really know how to deal with all of the pain, so she turned to booze to help cope with it all:
"Drinking a bunch of alcohol, numbing myself. Every day I would be faded, like a painting that's just not vibrant, whose edges are dull. I wasn't living my full life."
Luckily, she found healthier alternatives to deal with the stress, and said one of the best ways she dealt with her brother's death was by riding motorcycles herself.
"Riding was one of the things Lance and I did together a lot. I had to get back on. It was like a [healing] potion."
In addition to dealing with traumatic events, she also grew up with some self-image issues and wasn't always happy with her body.
However, at a young age she decided to start thinking of herself in a more positive light:
"I think I got to that place by not being happy with the other side — hating your body and criticizing yourself all the time. When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, You're either going to love yourself or hate yourself. And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things."
We're so glad that Queen Latifah learned how to deal with her stress in a healthier manner, because if she hadn't there's a good chance she wouldn't have turned out to be the AH-mazing woman we have today!
You go, girl!!
[Image via Good Housekeeping.]
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