She's pushing 50, but actress Queen Latifah says she's ready to settle down and have a baby. The 47-year-old media mogul says she wants to keep her baby news a secret from her friends.

The closeted lesbian has spoken about her desire to have a child for some years and previously attributed the delay to her habit of procrastinating.

In 2012, Latifah told Barbara Walters on The View that she was looking into adopting a child.

But during a chat at the Television Critics Association panel for Fox show Star on Tuesday, the former rapper-turned-actress revealed her plans to surprise everyone and have a baby.

When she does get around to adopting or conceiving a baby (probably via in vitro fertilization), she says she will keep the child a secret from her friends until she's ready to tell them.

“You'll know when you see me with the rugrat on my shoulder with the little backpack and all this. ‘Oh, she did it!’” she said, reported Us Weekly. “That's kind of how it will happen.”

Latifah, whose real name is Dana Elaine Owens, blamed her hard partying ways for the delay in starting a family.

She didn't mention her track record of broken relationships with women and her inability to maintain a healthy relationship.

"I had some things to deal with," she told E! News. "I had to get a lot of partying out of my system early in life for about 40 years. You know what I’m saying. I'm good now. I think I'm ready."

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  • BeUtFullSoul

    MARY POPin' out those splits in those blue JEANS....that's all I have, carry on's lunchtime.,,,oh,one MORE thing, I'm trying to figure out WHAT Monica's shirt reminds me of from BACK In the Day???

  • Darkandlovely617?

    Missing member of a black barbershop quartet

  • Ni Ni

    Where's Waldo

  • L.T.L. Since 2007

    The pixie sticks that came in the paper straw. Also known as "Kids Crack"

  • Yen Chantress

    How the heck do you surprise someone when you already told the world?

  • Yen Chantress

    My "Candy Stripe" uniform.....?

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    If they ever do a bio on Ms Debra Antney. Since, EVERYBODY's getting movies made now. Latifah has the role. That's all I got.

  • stav

    We don't have to worry about that happening!

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Well, is she gonna order it from Walmart, because we all know she's allergic to dyck.

  • Hunni24

    That's the first thing I thought when I saw her. I was why Dana look more feminine in cute dress/top?

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  • Malai

    I love queen but I love your pettiness even more ?

  • Justlooknout

    Good For her!

  • Libra80sBaby

    I have always and will always LOVE her.

  • hotntot95

    Well I guess the secret is out now?

  • bashi

    She would make a great mother off topic Jeannette her one time boo got a man now. She's tried of the fish

  • Candance

    Ive always been a fan of the Queen! I hope everything works out just the way she wants it too. She has always 100 since day 1 and I wish her nothing but the best!

  • You Could Never

    Why Mary thigh meat look like that in those ripped jeans. I caint.

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  • Mrs. S. Kidd

    Cause those jeans are too damn tight lol

  • pure_rachet

    so she can order dyck and a casket at the same time?

  • sunni_daze

    Suffocating the Fk out of her.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Yes! exactly... I kept trying to think where was it in my younger days did I see THIS particular piece of wardROBE

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  • brownisback

    Mary's hairstyle..........might look better on someone younger.
    Wooo I feel so much better

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Good luck Latifah.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I swear I was just thinking this bu didn't comment on that and I didn't comment of how tired I am of seeing Monica. No rhyme or reason, I just am.

  • brownisback

    Like a pack of hot dogs

  • brownisback

    I'm side eyeing Monica
    I usually like her style but I don't like that hair color on her

  • Karen Brady

    teeeee heeeee... for real

  • Karen Brady

    Can somepone pls tell me what is on Queen's leg? Is that a bandage?

  • Misslaydj

    kinesiology bandages - used to help pain and swelling. how it really works no idea.

  • Jennifer

    One thing you cannot take away from Queen is that she is beautiful!

    Before Jill Scott, she was the only desirable, top heavy, plus-sized beauty. All sistas weren't blessed with that coke bottle figure and women like Latifah made girls like me feel like I could look good in my clothes too! She proved that as long as your keep your weight under control, your figure can look just as good if not better. I will always love her for that! She looks great in the polka dot dress!


    Co-sign. It washes her out and ages her at the same damn time. And I'm trying to figure out who told her that big ass peppermint striped shirt was cute? This whole look is a NO, Mo. (Still luh ya)

  • Karen Brady

    Well thank you! I've been looking everytime I log in and couldn't let it go til I

  • Insane Taco Juice

    Yep Tamron is not looking happy standing next to her.

  • Evillene

    I know your Auntie did not say Dana was "closeted"!!!! She lives her life respectfully and privately. She has never even pretended to like a dude. Everyone who actually knows her has known for decades she eats p*ssy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don't come for the Queen with that "closeted" foolishness.

    Besides, I thought Auntie liked it better when gays and lesbians remained private and didn't make a big deal out of it.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    What happened to her leg and why does she have 78 band aids going in directions even Waldo can't find.

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    WHAT???? Queen sent her back to hims??? Dana must be a lot to deal with if Jeannette throw in the towel.

  • bashi

    That was so long ago back in 2014 to 2015 Jeannette need a wealt real penis. Or she was just experimenting doing gay for pay because that Dana girl is wealthy

  • kekeb

    I hate when she wears womens' clothes. She's more cute as a stud. If she wants a baby, good for her!!

  • NicoleZee

    I don't get Queen Latifah, but she's a pretty good actress. So she never wants to talk about being a lesbian but she openly speaks on wanting a child??? Confusing. If she is comfortable being in public with her lovers, then why does she dodge questions about her sexuality??? It's 2017, nothing wrong with being gay. She would be a good role model for the LGBTQ community if she would just admit it already. Geeesh!!!

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    Wow I really didn't know. I knew they broke up, but I assumed she just got with another chick. Okay, thanks for catching me up.

  • vrj40

    He is really gay. He is what Hollywood calls a "beard". Look this term up if you are not familiar with it. He worked last year in a gay male clothing store in West Hollywood. The store put his pic up on their store page. Would a straight man work in a gay male clothing store in West Hollywood? And Queen and Jeanette are still talking also. They just recently as last week communicated on social media.

  • Youngblood

    Gurl when you get our age,you going be like, that look like some good knee surgery,Who her doc.....When you get older your knees start cracking everything you laugh about your mother n father for will happen to you.

  • Youngblood

    that's good knee surgery enjoy your youth and make it count

  • Youngblood

    I love mary she can do the blonde.But your right about her hair not to age appropriate for her.My thing is the belly shirts just because you don't have kids don't mean you can pull that off.and me personal I hate to see a grown women or men trying to dress like these kids.

  • bashi

    So you mean to me Jeannette couldn't spot him with her gayradar. All these yrs in the gay industry she still didn't know he was one. I guess she need some penis. I saw she remove him off her Instagram. I want to know why these beautiful successful women in Hollywood cannot maintain a relationship

  • bashi

    Do mean talking in terms they getting back together or just mutual friends

  • vrj40

    It's now way J didn't know he isn't straight. Even though she is not an actor or entertainer, she is still in Hollywood so she has to continue to build her brand in order to maintain and to continue to get new clientele and now with social media if you have a large enough following you can partner with large corporations and non-profits to help them market their products and services to your readers and get paid nice checks for doing so. He is part of her branding and reaching straight females who are primarily the ones interested in fitness tips. I believe all those tabloid reports about J and the guy were strategically placed by her camp. Remember these "stories" all magically appeared after QL kissed Nichols in front of the paps, probably out of frustration of being followed and yelled at by them. Since then on the gram QL has told J she is a 10 and just a few weeks ago told her she is beautiful when Jeanette showed off her new braids. It's no question to me that they are still involved. They have just learned how not to be photographed out after the yacht pics brought enormous attention to them and their relationship. Also J has 2 employees at her business and the guy is one of them.

  • bashi

    Thanks for all that information any how where is Nichol stands in this love triangle. Looks like these celebrities lesbian takes goog care of their lovers

  • SDot

    Ummmm a baby!? how she dont like men