Serena Williams Says She’s Still Struggling To Find A Balance In TIME Mag + Tiffany Haddish Admits Her ‘Gossip Bits’ Are Sometimes Just Jokes
Serena Williams opens up about her struggles of balancing her career and motherhood. Meanwhile, Tiffany Haddish admits that she sometimes fluffs stories to make a joke. Get it all inside…
She’s half woman, half amazing. However, she still endures some of the same struggles we all go through.
It’s been 11-months since Serena Williams gave birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., and she admits, it hasn’t been easy. The tennis superstar, above rocking her Serena threads on the cover of TIME magazine, wants to dominate the court AND be a good mother to her baby.
“Sometimes she just wants Mommy, she doesn’t want anyone else,” Serena told TIME magazine in her cover story. “I didn’t think I’d be this attached. It’s difficult to leave her.”
Nearly choking up, she continued, “I still have to learn a balance of being there for her, and being there for me. I’m working on it. I never understood women before, when they put themselves in second or third place. And it’s so easy to do. It’s so easy to do.”
So, if she’s having such a hard time, why still play tennis? Why not just focus on being a mother?
“I’m not done yet, simple,” Serena told the TIME reporter, as they drove into San Francisco one evening for a speaking engagement. She needs tennis as much as her sport needs her. It’s the one thing, as a mother, she can do solely for herself. “My story doesn’t end here.”
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The 23-time Grand Slam title winner wants to beat Margaret Court’s record of 24-Grand Slam titles. And she’s clearly on a mission.
While she’s fully enjoying being a mother, the postpartum symptoms haven’t fully gone away
“I dedicated that [Wimbledon win] to all the moms out there who’ve been through a lot,” she says. “Some days, I cry. I’m really sad. I’ve had meltdowns. It’s been a really tough 11 months. If I can do it, you guys can do it too.”
The 36-year-old tennis star said she breastfed Olympia for the first eights month, even though she feels like it made it harder for her to whip back into shape.
“You have the power to sustain the life that God gave her,” she said. “You have the power to make her happy, to calm her. At any other time in your life, you don’t have this magical superpower.”
Her tennis coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, encouraged her to stop breastfeeding to help improve her game, but she wasn’t about to take advice from a man who just doesn’t understand the importance of breastfeeding.
“It’s absolutely hard to take from a guy,” Serena shared. “He’s not a woman, he doesn’t understand that connection, that the best time of the day for me was when I tried to feed her. I’ve spent my whole life making everyone happy, just servicing it seems like everyone. And this is something I wanted to do.”
Good for her! We’re sure having mom, sister, cousins, family and a doting husband around are helpful as well.
You can read her full interview here, where she also talked how she feels about the man who fatally shot her sister getting released on parole, her marriage to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanaian and more.
In another magazine…
Since dishing about Beyonce Bitegate, Tiffany Haddish has been labeled as a celeb who talks TOO much. Which is odd, because a lot of times people complain about celebs NOT telling enough. Hey, they can’t make everyone happy.
In the new September 2018 issue of VOGUE magazine, the Girls Trip star (who looks BOMB, by the way) admits that she sometimes adds fluff to stories for comedic value.
“Apparently I run my mouth a lot. But I’m like, ‘They don’t have no idea the stuff that I really know,’ ”she explained to VOGUE. “My friends will be like, ‘Man, Tiffany, they try and say you’re spilling the tea, but you don’t actually talk.’ ” And to media outlets milking her for celebrity gossip, she offers an advisory: “Sometimes I’m just tryna crack a joke.”
Like that story she told about Drake standing her up for a date. It wasn’t actually a date, date…more like a group outing.
“I’m not tripping,” she said, laughing. “I think there was going to be a group of us going.”
Be sure to catch Tiffany starring opposite Kevin Hart in their upcoming comedy film Night School when it hits theaters September 28th.
Thanks to: The Young, Black, and Fabulous®