Raven-Symoné has admitted that it's not easy for her to be vulnerable when it comes to sharing her private life within the public sphere!
As People shares, Symoné opened up about how the past few years have shaped who she is in an exclusive interview for this week's issue of the magazine. "I'm scared," she admitted. "I'm not used to putting my personal life out there."
Raven-Symoné to release new album titled The Reintroduction
Raven-Symoné may have taken a break from her musical career for some time, but she's planning to release new music soon! She mentioned that she'll be "slowly" rolling out singles from her upcoming album, The Reintroduction, over the following weeks.
"If you really dive into the songs and read between the lines and all the things inside, I'm releasing anger, pain and grudges towards the entertainment industry, myself and others," Raven-Symoné told People. "It's a weight off my shoulders."
The Reintroduction will be Raven-Symoné's first album in 12 years. She described the project as being a "self-reflection" album that shows her "love for hip-hop, R&B, and meditation sound."
Raven-Symoné talks about how she "prevailed" over body shaming
Raven-Symoné revealed to People that for years, she felt that her life was out of her own hands. "My whole life is kind of based on what the industry wants," she said. "Other people controlled my hair, my eyebrows, my clothing, my words, everything."
She went on to say that during the early 2000s, she experienced body shaming and struggled with it at first. "There was definitely a seesaw within my mind," Raven-Symoné shared. "I prevailed over it because at the end of the day, it's like, 'Come on, people, everybody's a different size.'"
Still, Raven-Symoné admitted she sometimes struggles with self-care. "I push myself aside so much to make sure that my career is on point that I don't always take care of my mental health," she told People. "I'm still growing into who I am and still figuring it out."
Raven-Symoné talks about her sexuality: "I was playing the role"
Raven-Symoné also recently surprised fans when she got married to Miranda Pearman-Maday! "Despite being someone who has kept my personal life private, I decided to share this moment because it's one of the biggest and happiest of my life," Raven-Symoné previously said to People about her wedding.
"Miranda makes me feel confident and empowered in an entirely new way. We planned our ceremony together and it was a true reflection of our love and partnership." However, Raven-Symoné revealed she wasn't always so at ease with her sexuality, even though she knew her thoughts were "different."
"I just remember an older person in my life saying, 'Oh my gosh, that guy's so cute. Look at him. That’s the kind of person you should be with," she shared with People. "I'm like, 'Yeah, he's so cute, right?’ I was playing the role."
Raven-Symoné said her relationship to the industry was "toxic"
Raven-Symoné explained to People that during her hiatus from the spotlight, she was able to become comfortable with that part of herself. "What it did was help me with my sexuality," she revealed. "I actually had time to think for myself and no one to tell me differently."
"It helped me realize that I'm kind of addicted to the industry because of the fact I had been in it for so long," Raven-Symoné continued. "I had to transform that addiction into something that is positive for me because I was getting very toxic to myself and others."
Raven-Symoné gives some words of advice: "Just stick with it"
Raven-Symoné has taken control of her life in a positive way now, and she's looking forward to what the rest of her future has in store!
"I get to make new plans with a brilliant woman, and we get to create an empire for ourselves," she told People. "We get to map out our future in ways that we want."
Raven-Symoné also offered some words of encouragement to those who are struggling to navigate their own lives. "It gets better," she said reassuringly. "Just stick with it. Hang in there, bro, you’ll be fine."