Gabrielle Union is gracing 1 of 3 covers for Redbook magazine’s October 2015 issue.
Inside, the 42-year-old actress opens up about her struggle to have kids later in life (with the help of IVF treatments) after choosing to work on her career over having children earlier in life.
While she has found box office and primetime television success, unfortunately, she’s having a hard time conceiving. But, she’s handling the issue in stride and realizes what’s meant for her will come, if it’s meant to be.
The With This Ring starlet also dished on what it’s like to be married to a much younger man, her 33-year-old husbandDwyane Wade, and the hardships working women go through once they decide to expand their families. SIDENOTE: Have you seen Gabby and D. Wade's wedding video? If not, check it out HERE. Grab your tissues, it's a real tear jerker.
Below are the highlights:
On IVF and the pressures of trying for a family later in life... "So far, it has not happened for us. A lot of my friends deal with this. There's a certain amount of shame that is placed on women who have perhaps chosen a career over starting a family younger. The penance for being a career woman is barrenness. You feel like you're wearing a scarlet letter."
On the weird thing about being married to a younger man... "I realized his friends, his teammates, were conceived when I was, like, a senior in high school. I was in high school at the same time as their parents! Sometimes he'll be like, 'Oh, my God, he's so old!' about someone who's 35. But, Dwyane's an old 33, and I'm a young 42, so it balances out."
On how hard it is for working women with children... "The reality is that women are discriminated against in the workplace for being mothers. As much as there are strides being made – you get pregnant, your career takes a hit. You can't have a bad day. Don't you dare cry at work. Don't raise your voice. Especially if you're a black woman in corporate America—now you're 'the angry black woman.'"
Gabby's issue with her full interview is on newstands now.