Monica Bellucci: Being single means being free
Monica Bellucci wants women to know that being single doesn't mean you're alone.
The actress reached the landmark age in September last year, just over a year after she split from her husband Vincent Cassel. Many would feel strange about entering two new chapters of their life at once, but for Monica it's exciting.
"It feels liberating. The single woman is a free woman and being single does not mean being alone," she told British magazine Hello! "I feel very alive, I'm lucky to be in good health, and I have two wonderful daughters who fill my life with such joy."
Monica and Vincent have two daughters together, Deva and Léonie. Deva was born in 2004, so the actress waited until relatively late to have children. She has no qualms about that though, as for her it was important to be fully ready for all aspects of motherhood.
"It has made me so much more happy, more complete, more full. When I was in my 20s and early 30s, I wasn't ready to take on such a responsibility. Maybe that's because I was an only child and that tends to make you more selfish," she explained. "But as soon as I had Deva, when I was 39, I wanted to have another child. Then I decided I should wait until I had time to understand what it means to be a mother. I had my second daughter when I was 45, which is quite lucky for a woman at that age. But it's been so beautiful to raise my children. It's just a miracle."
The star was happy to discuss her parenting style too, which involves being open and honest with her children. She hopes this will encourage them to be as free with her when they are growing up also, as she would hate to think they couldn't come to her with a problem.
"I tell them they should never keep things bottled up," she added.
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