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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 9:13 AM

COMING OUT! Queen Latifah makes a SHOCKING admission that will leave you BREATHLESS!

By: Christopher Knowles

COMING OUT! Queen Latifah makes a SHOCKING admission that will leave you BREATHLESS!

Queen Latifah Recounts Being Molested As A Child, Abusing Alcohol To Numb The Pain

Where exactly do skeletons belong? It's custom to bury them traditionally in the ground, but some of us keep them in our closets. Some of us have a few, some of us have many, and no matter who we are or what stage we are at in life, it seems we all have them. Big or small, intricacies and nuances, every skeleton in the closet can be something we may not be able to shake unless we get help by being open and talking about them. Instances from our past that shape who we are as an individual today. In a brave effort to be transparent to her fans, extremely successful, Queen Latifah, recalls instances of molestation growing up as a child.

Her story of these accounts may blindside many, given her extremely chipper, upbeat, positive disposition all of the time. Anyone coming from a past like that, with a story like hers, would have any right to be bitter and cold-hearted.

Dana Owens, better known as Queen Latifa, recently did an interview with print and online publication Good Housekeeping. In the interview the 45 year old New Jersey native welcomes her fans into another side of her life that wasn't so bright. Stating she was molested at only 5 years old, lost her brother and almost lost her friend during a carjacking, and how Jada Pinkett Smith played such a huge role in her seeking therapy for all of it. Eager to get a glimpse of exactly what was said? Check out a snippet below:

On making the decision to love herself:

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.

On feeling broken after her brother’s death:

My life was rocked to the core…I felt guilty, because I was angry at God. ‘Lance was not there for me to share it with, And I was thinking, Well, I don’t need this. I’d rather have my brother back.’

On abusing alcohol after tragedies:

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.

On what she learned from therapy (suggested by Jada Pinkett-Smith):

We ignore our feelings a lot, I realize. Many of us have to…until they really bite us in the butt. What set me free was looking at it from a different perspective, I was 5, manipulated and afraid. You have to say something. The power of those who perpetrate the abuse is your fear and your shame…and that’s unacceptable.

On remaining faithful through her trials:

I was continuously praying, I realized that wasn’t helping me or my brother. I learned that God was going to provide comfort; I know He is always listening and guiding…I got this little message in my head that I feel was from God. It was as clear as day, like a voice that said to me, ‘Dana, don’t let it all go, because you’re gonna get through this.’  Nobody is perfect. I know that I’m not a saint, but God’s love is there for me. I know that I need help to make it through every day, so I pray to God to help me do the best I can, to lift me up when I am tired and help me develop into the person He wants me to be…I am always surrounded by His love, and He is always there.

Her positive outlook on life:

The world is going to keep turning whether I’m here or not. Taking the worry of the world on my shoulders is not right. My New Year’s resolution is to stay humble and be joyous, whether that’s spending time with family, hiking, driving around, listening to music, or playing with my dog. It’s so important to take care of ourselves that way.
She notes how alcohol became a crutch through such hard times. Even with the weight of the world pressing against her she notes how prayer and perseverance saved her. Many tend to succumb to their problems, they tend to fall and not have the willpower to get back up. But that willingness to get back up after all of the trials and tribulations is exactly what crafts you as the better person you always wanted to be.

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