Gabrielle Union said she has her dream job and dream baby, which makes her totally fine with being a working mom, so there’s no guilt.
The “America’s Got Talent” judge spoke with Us Weekly Tuesday on the red carpet of “America’s Got Talent Live Show” and explained her take on mothers needing or wanting to work.
Union and her husband Dwyane Wade welcomed their now-9-month-old daughter Kaavia James on Nov. 7 of last year through surrogate, and Union explained why there’s no guilt about heading to work and leaving her little one behind.
“I don’t have mom guilt, and I’ll tell you why,” she began. “Being able to have the job that I love and the baby that I dreamed of [is wonderful]. I’m a better mom, because I’m able to go away and do what I love.”
“Even if I failed miserably, I’m following my dreams,” added Union. “I would be less of a mother if I didn’t set out every day to try to make my dreams come true and other people’s dreams come true. So I don’t have guilt.”
The 46-year-old also said she has a strong support system made up of other mothers she works with on “America’s Got Talent” and her other projects. And they all give each other encouragement, plus they stay away from any kind of talk that’s judgmental.
“We all grew up like, ‘Go, Mom, go. Go, Mom, go.’ Not like, ‘Why are you missing things?’ But ‘Way to go, I’m glad you’re living your dream,'” Union stated. “We’re all kind of rooting for each other.”
In January of this year, Ayesha Curry also talked motherhood and, like Union, seems to go with the theory that a happy and fulfilled parent is a better parent.
The restaurateur was speaking to Hello Giggles at the time, and she said her three children with husband and hoop star Steph Curry comes second to their marriage. It’s something the couple learned from the NBA player’s parents.
“The one thing that they both shared with us — some through learning it the hard way, some through just making sure that they do it — is just making sure that we put each other first, even before the kids, as tough as that sounds,” said Ayesha Curry.
“Putting ourselves first, and making sure that we make time for date nights and for each other. That’s been very important, as hard as it is,” she added.
Union, however, didn’t say she put Kaavia James second to her career and marriage, but she seems to have a good hand on when it’s time to work and when it’s time to be a mom.