Queen Latifah regrets using alcohol to get through tough times, including a violent carjacking and motorcycle crash in which her brother died, and now focuses on 'accentuating the positive.'
Queen Latifah regrets using alcohol to get through tough times in the past.
The 43-year-old 'Joyful Noise' actress has learnt to focus on ''accentuating the positive'' but spent years drinking to numb her pain after she was involved in a violent carjacking in 1995, in which her friend was shot and almost died.
The chat show host told the January issue of Good Housekeeping magazine: ''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.''
The 'Chicago' star also confessed her life was ''rocked to the core'' when her older brother, Lancelot Jr., crashed a motorcycle, which she gave him as a gift, and died in 1992.
Queen added: ''I think I got to that place by not being happy with the other side -- hating your body and criticising 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.''
The curvaceous star has worked hard not to let Hollywood stereotypes bother her.
She explained: ''For a lot of the things I've wanted to do in life, I haven't looked typical. I was not born a size 2. I'm not skinny, period. I'm not willing to sleep with the director or step on somebody else's neck to get the job.''
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