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Selma Blair: 'Being a single mom is a big challenge'

Published 13/06/2016

Selma Blair
Selma Blair

Selma Blair is glad she became a mother later in life.

Actress Selma Blair's life has been transformed by motherhood.

The Cruel Intentions star gave birth to her son Arthur Saint - from her relationship with fashion designer ex-boyfriend Jason Bleick - almost five years ago. The couple split a year later and Selma has spent a lot of time just one-on-one with her little boy.

“Being a single mom, at first it’s a very challenging thing,” she admitted to People Magazine, “but to have that much time with him, just the two of us, has been an incredible life-changing experience.”

Selma was 39 when she gave birth, and while she acknowledges it's quite late in life to have a first child, she wouldn't have things any other way.

"I've had a whole life to live and realise the grass isn’t always greener," she said. "I just need more sleep, but I do appreciate every moment.”

The 43-year-old enjoys spending as much time with Arthur as possible, especially as his personality is really starting to shine through.

"He gets sarcastic, which no one should get because sarcasm isn’t great, but I have it in abundance, so I’m so grateful he’s my son,” she said. “He gets it. He gives me lots of hugs and kisses and tells me he hopes I live a long time, even though I’m old. That’s his new thing to say before bed. We say our prayers, and then he says, ‘I hope Mommy lives a long time, even though she’s so old'."

However, their mutual sense of humour works against Selma when it comes to disciplining her son.

"When he does something horrible but funny, it’s usually directed at me,” she added. “So I kind of laugh, but then I realise, ‘Oh no, I can’t let him go out in the world and treat people like this!’ I’m the lightning rod for what he does. So I’ve really toned it down. He’s pretty strongly disciplined now, and it breaks my heart, but I know it’s for the best. I have to.”

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