Tracee Ellis Ross Says She Is ‘Happily Single’ At 45: I’m ‘Not At Home Crying About It’

Tracee Ellis Ross wants to make one thing clear: she’s “happily single.”

The 45-year-old “Black-ish” star discusses her personal life in the November issue of InStyle magazine.

While she’s single and happy, Ross says, “It’s sort of fascinating to be 45 and single and childless,” and she’s “not at home crying about it.”

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But Ross doesn’t love spilling the details: “These are very big and very personal questions that aren’t anyone’s business but that, somehow, like the right to choose, become fodder for public conversation.”

Although being open about her personal life, she feels, helps fans in similar situations: “Some of the ability to reflect on what I really want comes from pushing up against a society that shames me for not having the expected trappings. I’m very pleased with my existence these days. Have I had to learn to make friends with loneliness? Yes. I think if I were in a relationship, it would be the same.”

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In such a tough political climate, representing an American family on @BlackishABC means everything to @TraceeEllisRoss. “When you can look at a story that is not in any way your story but see all the ways you identify, that’s art doing its job,” she says. “One of the things that’s been special about this time is that there’s a space for one’s own unique experiences in a way that there wasn’t always. The life promised by fairytales and movies is not relevant in the same way — the white picket fence blah blah blah — and there are more people telling stories that have different colors and flavors to them.” Full story by @RobertJHaskell at the link in bio. I Photographed by @HorstDiekgerdes; Styled by @KarlaWelchStylist

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Ross later got real about what it was like growing up with the legendary Diana Ross as her mother: “I think reality television has warped people’s sense of what having money or fame looks like behind the scenes. I have always had a lot of abundance. I was very well educated because of my mother’s gift. I feel very aware of that privilege. There were beautiful things everywhere but there was a sense of taking care of and cherishing beauty.

“It’s a lot,” she says of growing up as the daughter of one of the world’s most famous artists. “It’s not navigable without a parent who is choosing you over everyone else. I grew up the way Blue Ivy [Carter, Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s daughter] is growing up — although at least there wasn’t social media.”

Read more from Ross here.

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