Nia Long is a loving mom who does not have marriage on her mind. The big screen actress recently told Essence magazine that she and Ime Udoka are madly in love but not considering marriage at this time. “Marriage is not a priority for me…I have never seen a marriage work. I’m not saying I’ll never do it; It’s just not where we are as a family. I don’t feel less loved or less loving because I’m not married,” said Long.


PHOTO: Nia and Sons Cover Essence Magazine

The actress admits that motherhood is no easy task, but is up for the challenge of parenting sons Kez,8 months, and Massai Jr.,11. “Massai’s dad and I have had the most challenging times, and I wasn’t always sure we wouldn’t end like my mother and father,” says Long. “But we’ve arrived at a place where I can truly say he’s not a baby daddy, he’s my friend, finally. He is an amazing father. Motherhood is not easy, but it’s natural. I worked hard to have the career I wanted, but I’ve also been deliberate about my personal life. None of this is a mistake.”

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