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November 30, 2020

Regina King Is a Doting Mom of One — Look through 10 of Her Heartfelt Quotes about Motherhood

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Regina King is an award-winning actress whose most important role in life is being a mother to her only child, Ian Jr.

Throughout her life, Regina King went through several ups and downs that made her the strong woman she is today. As a divorced single mother-of-one, the actress has a lot of wise words to say about motherhood.

Although she has a successful career, nothing is as rewarding and fulfilling as being a mother, which she only realized once she played the part. “You don’t know what unconditional love is,” she said. “You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is.”

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However, motherhood did not always come easy for the “If Beale Street Could Talk” star, especially after her divorce. According to King, “it’s difficult, but far from impossible, and we smile more than we cry.”

Initially, her divorce did not affect her son, Ian Jr. well. Hence, she spoke to her ex-husband, Ian Alexander Sr., to set their differences aside and co-parent well for the sake of their son.

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“Because of our issues, Ian was becoming the kid whose parents were so disconnected that they couldn’t even sit next to each other, let alone have a civilized conversation,” she shared.

Sadly, their sweet romance turned into a series of arguments until finally deciding to go separate ways.

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While taking on the most crucial role as a mother, King tried to balance work and life. However, she remained true to herself by acknowledging that “sometimes it’s not balanced.”

To keep her son under the radar and her career stable, the actress decided not to accept work outside of Los Angeles. “Making the tough choice leads you down a beautiful path,” she said.

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Recently, things have been better for King, whose son is now a college student, living a more independent life. Although she is still a mom, King gets to do more of what she wants as “the balance is different.”

Seeing her son grow into an “amazing young man” allowed the mom-of-one to realize the greatest pleasure of life and the “greatest part about me -- being a mom to Ian.”

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The award-winning actress married Alexander Sr. in 1997, who was the vice president of Qwest Records at that time. In 1996, they welcomed their first and only son together.

Sadly, their sweet romance turned into a series of arguments until finally deciding to go separate ways. “It’s kind of crazy to think I’ve now been divorced longer than I was married,” King recalled.

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While it was a challenging period in her life to go through separation and see her son suffer, the “Jerry Maguire” star gained support and strength from her mother.

Now that everything’s better and Ian understands his parents’ situation, King is “just glad that we all made it to the other side. We redefined what it means to be a family.”

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