How is life for Paula Patton as a star actress and mom? Quite busy.  The celebrity recently sat down with Meredith Vieira to talk about parenthood and the challenges that she has faced these past few months.


“It’s been a long year, and a lot of challenges, but I’ve grown quite a bit and [I’m] just getting use to change,” said the star. It has been just over a year since Paula moved to divorce her husband, Robin Thicke. Although a court granted her petition earlier this month, Paula and Robin’s marriage dissolution will not be official until April 14, 2015.

Even with the pain of separation being her reality, Patton told Meredith that she was thankful. “I live in a place of gratitude and growing up,” explained the star. “I went from my parents’ house to moving in with Robin. And now I’m like becoming an adult at this old age. I’m really like a real woman now.”

In being an adult, Paula has been forced to make difficult decisions as a single mother. “I took a lot of time off to be with him,” the celebrity shared of her son, Julian, who is at the age of questioning. “I had to pack for a trip because I had to go to work and he said, ‘Mommy I don’t want you to go to work,'” said Paula of her son’s reaction when he found out that she had to leave him at home to earn a living.

The actress added,”It’s the challenge of being a working mother and it’s the first time he ever said that to me because I did work when he was a baby but now he is more aware of everything, so what are you going to do? It’s sort of the trials and tribulations of being a woman.”

Julian is Paula Patton and Robin Thicke’s only child together. He will celebrate his fifth birthday on April 6, 2015.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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