Queen Latifah in Good Housekeeping January 2014: I Used to Numb Myself with Alcohol

Posted Wednesday December 11, 2013 1:18 PM GMT

Stepping off the set of her self-titled talk show, Queen Latifah graced the cover of Good Housekeeping magazine's January 2014 issue.

After teaming up with lensman Ari Michelson for the publication's spread, the 43-year-old talk show host opened up about tragic experiences in her life and even revealed how she gained self-confidence.

Highlights from Queen Latifah's interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Good Housekeeping!

On her brother's motorcycle accident:
"My life was rocked to the core. Riding was one of the things Lance and I did together a lot. I had to get back on. It was like a [healing] potion."

On her friend's death:
"Drinking a bunch of alcohol, numbing myself [took the pain away]. Every day I would be faded, like a painting that was not vibrant, whose edges are dull. I wasn't living my full life."

On her New Year's resolution:
"Taking the worry of the world on my shoulders is not right. My New Year's resolution is to stay humble and be joyous, whether that's spending time with family, hiking, driving around, listening to music, or playing with my dog. It's so important to take care of ourselves that way."

On her outlook on life:
"Accentuating the positive and eliminating as much negative as possible. I think I got to that place by not being happy with the other side - hating your body and criticizing 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."

On her body:
"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."

Photo Credit: Ari Michelson for Good Housekeeping