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Taraji P. Henson Says She Wouldn't Wish Single Parenthood on Her 'Worst Enemy'

by Jennifer Drysdale 5:30 PM PDT, September 08, 2016
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Taraji P. Henson may be Superwoman, but that doesn't mean she thinks all women should have to be.

The Empire star opens up in the October issue of Redbook about the struggle of raising her 22-year-old son, Marcell, as a single mother, marriage, and why she's not afraid of getting older.

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Henson raised her son while working in Hollywood to become the star she is now, but admits it's not all about doing it all.

"It depends on what women equate success with," she says. "I think we try to do our best. And yes, we can do it all, but I wouldn't wish being a single parent on my worst enemy. It's not easy."

Single parenthood may have been challenging for the Emmy winner, but she admits there's a reason she's stayed single. "If I was going to get married, it had to be for love, because I wanted Marcell to see that real kind of love -- the kind I yearn for," she explains. "That old couple crooked and bent over but still holding hands. I know that kind of love exists and I'm not going to stop until I have that."

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Henson clearly hasn't given up on finding love. After all, her Hollywood career has only gotten better with age, so why not her love life?

"I grew up watching women in my family embrace getting older and I think that's healthy," she shares. "You ought to see my grandmother: she is 92, looks great, still travels, and dates a younger man."

"I'm 46 and I'm proud," she adds. "Men don't lie about their age, so why should women?"

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