Gabrielle Union never thought she’d be a mother. The actress recently told Ocean Drive magazine that although she’s been married before, being a mom was off the table in years past, but now she’s open to it.

“I was never someone who thought about having kids,” she says. “I mean, they’re great in theory, but I never imagined having one [myself]. Maybe over the next five years I could wrap my brain around becoming a mother and what that would mean in terms of sacrifice and dedication. I don’t do anything impulsively, so more toward the five years out than the one-year.”

Union has been with her longtime boyfriend, NBA baller Dwayne Wade, for years now and is helping him take care of his sons, Zaire and Zion. So perhaps that’s what’s opened her heart to being a mom?

Either way, I appreciate Union’s approach to motherhood. Unlike too many others who rush into being a mom without much forethought, Union’s ability to take her time and figure out what she really wants is impressive.

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  • Whatever

    I agree that she’s almost 40 so I don’t know where this 5 years to think about it comes from.

    Anyway, she’s already been dating Dwayne Wade for a few years and playing step mom to his children, however, he hasn’t proposed so maybe she’s holding out for a ring. shrug

  • binks

    True her clock is ticking but maybe she would consider adoption there is more than one way to be a mother but at least she is honest I think more people need to seriously think on whether they want to actual be parents instead of becoming one because they feel like it is what you are suppose to do

  • As a mom of 3 myself, I think it’s a personal choice whether or not to have kids. I applaud women who know that it’s not for them, and I don’t think they should be judged. Parenthood is not for everybody, and if you know you don’t want kids, don’t have kids, regardless of what society thinks.

    I had my first child at 29, and I know first hand how much energy it takes to chase after the little ones. I wouldn’t recommend it in your 40s…that is just my opinion. Then again, she might be able to afford to pay for someone to do the chasing.

    I get the feeling that she feels pressured to say she “might-possibly-maybe-one-day-want to-consider” having kids, because society, especially the black community doesn’t look favorably at black women who don’t want kids. If you are pushing 40 (and she’s the same age as me) and you’re still “not sure,” I think you already know but don’t want to say it.