Tracee Ellis Ross is enjoying life as a 45-year-old single lady with no desire to have children. The actress opened up about her single life in the November issue of InStyle magazine.
Ross says she is "very pleased" with her single life after dating a series of emotionally unavailable single industry men.
"It's sort of fascinating to be 45 and single and childless," she said, adding that she is "happily single, not at home crying about it."
At first the Black-ish star bristled at the "very personal questions" asked by the interviewer. But then she embraced the opportunity "to choose [to] become fodder for public conversation."
"Some of the ability to reflect on what I really want comes from pushing up against a society that shames me for not having the expected trappings [a husband and children]. I'm very pleased with my existence these days. Have I had to learn to make friends with loneliness? Yes. I think if I were in a relationship, it would be the same."
Ross is the middle daughter of R&B/Soul legend Diana Ross.
Growing up in a fish bowl, surrounded by unlimited wealth and celebrities, helped give Ross a perspective on life that most women never experience.
Rather than rush into a loveless marriage, she chooses to love herself and to just say 'no'.
When asked about her self-care regimen, the Team Natural, makeup-free star shared:
"The 'I woke up like this' thing? Bulls--t! Black-ish is in HD, darling! There's no Vaseline on the lenses, At 18 I might ave woken up like this. At 45 I f---ing work for it. I love potato chips more than anything in the world, and so I work out hard. I put masks on my face I take care of myself. And, by the way, to me self-care does not mean going to the spa, It's learning to say no. It's snowing yourself so you can make choices that are an expression of you. That's self-care."