In a recent interview with People Magazine, Queen Latifah opened up about her mother’s health and how she has dealt with it. She had considered moving her show to Los Angeles in September so that she could be closer to her mother while she was ill. In 2013 Latifah’s mother Rita Owens had been diagnosed with scleroderma which is an autoimmune disease.
Owens says that her daughter is always there for her. She is always peeking her head in her bedroom door and checking to see if she needs anything. Owens also states that Latifah sacrifices a lot of her time to help care for her and she is very grateful for that. It is a tough job when a family member is sick and you have a full time job to work as well, but Queen Latifah makes it all work out. When her mother has a doctor’s appointment she is right there making sure that the doctors are doing what they need to be doing to ensure that her mother gets the best care that she possibly can.
Latifah says that unless you have a family member that is sick you can’t really understand how much time and effort you have to put in every day. She says it is a 24 hour job every single day. She goes to work, comes home and takes care of her mother, goes to sleep for a little while, and then does it all over again the next day. But it is all worth it because she wants to make sure her mother is as healthy as possible. She states that while she is at work she tries to be as present as possible there and then after work is done she is completely present with her mother.