While some women dread being pregnant because of the massive overhaul of our bodies, Ciara seems to be handling it all too well!
The famed R&B star stripped down and proudly showed off her baby bump in a new feature for Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
Check out what the 31-year-old-beauty shared with the fashion publication below:
On her “amazing…awesome” relationship with husband Russell Wilson and what he brings to her life: “When you know they’re going to be your champion, always in the corner…” I joke that her quarterback is a cheerleader, and she agrees. It’s too rare to have straight men back us up, I say. “If someone’s not supporting you and your vision and your dreams,” Ciara agrees, “—whether it’s your relationship partner, your friend, whomever, then you’ve got to make sure to keep it moving. If people aren’t lifting you up, even if you’re the strongest person in the world, eventually it does chip away at you. You don’t even realize that you’re losing yourself. And that’s the scariest place to be in life… I don’t want to lose myself. I love myself too much. I love life too much.”
On being “tough”: “Before, tough was kind of like, if something happened that was wrong, I’d just keep moving.” It’s something she learned early on, as an army brat. Born in Texas, Ciara lived in Germany, Utah, Arizona, New York, Nevada, and a trailer home in Monterey California, before settling in Georgia as a young teen. “It was a bit of a challenge,” she says, “you would build friendships, then you’d have to say goodbye.” She recalls singing “I’m Going Up a Yonder” (she starts singing it to me: If somebody asks me where I’m going, going…) as a farewell to friends at 7 or 8 years old. “I do think part of that made me kind of tough. Emotionally tough. The truth of it is, it helped me with being able to accept cutting things off… Which I think is a good thing, maybe it could be a bad thing, because it can make you cold in that way.”
On her son Future becoming an older brother: “He’ll randomly pull my shirt up and be like, ‘I want to see the baby.’ ‘Hello, baby. How you doing, baby? I love you, baby. Okay, talk to you later, baby. Bye, bye.’ Then he’ll kiss me on my belly and put my shirt back down.”
On knowing early on she wanted to be an entertainer: “I signed my first label at 16-years-old, put out my first album at 19, and I sold, not just 3 to 4, but 5 million records. My third goal was to have longevity. It’s been 13 years since my first album release.” She’s in the midst of recording her highly-anticipated 7th studio album with the late Prince’s label, Warner Bros. All she’ll say about the album today is, “I want to make the world dance.”
On being very happy with her life: “I’m just super excited about this time in my life. Like, Oh my gosh, I can see my son running around, and soon it’s going to be two of these creatures running around! Our hands will be full of non-stop action.”
Images: Dani Brubaker for Harper’s Bazaar