Multi-talented R&B vocalist, dancer and songwriter, Ciara Princess Wilson, 33, is the cover girl for InStyle magazine‘s April 2019 issue.
Tagged “Woman of ambition on a mission“, the R&B queen looks amazing on the cover wearing Givenchy and in the sit-down interview, the happily married mother of two talks about her family, how she met her husband, Russell Wilson, staying celibate before marriage, her music and the viral #LevelUpChallenge.
When mutual friends introduced Ciara to Wilson, their connection was immediate and undeniable. She knew she’d found the one.
“We both knew,” she says, wistfully recalling their first date in March 2015. “We both had that light-bulb moment.”
A year after their momentous dinner, the two married in a fairy-tale ceremony at a castle in Cheshire, England. The bride wore an elaborate, heavily embellished lace gown. Afterward, the couple honeymooned at a private game reserve in Botswana.
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On abstaining while dating Russell
That took a lot of prayer. It was hard. I can’t lie.
On her husband and the love they share
If you want to get somewhere in life, you’ve got to have a compass. You’ve got to know where you really want to get to. And my heart, soul, spirit, and mind just desired to be loved. To be truly loved the right way. I knew I didn’t want to cry tears of hurt anymore. I didn’t want to keep going around in circles.
He’s my sounding board for pretty much everything I do in my life. He doesn’t want to see me fail. He’s got my back. That’s an awesome feeling.
On her music career and launching a new label
I truly believe that no one can close the door that God has opened for you. There are so many learning curves that I’m going through with having my own company, but it’s so fun. I feel like I’m growing, and I feel free.
On reclaiming her pre-baby waistline
I would wake up in the morning, breastfeed, eat a small meal, go train, come back home, pump, eat a small meal, breastfeed, eat lunch, and then go train again. I truly believe that self-love is key, and my definition of self-love is taking care of myself.
On the viral #LevelUpChallenge
I would be lying to you if I said I didn’t wonder what the fans would think, being that I hadn’t released new music in a while. I was told that it wasn’t going to be very successful. That people wouldn’t believe in it. I put it out, and as soon as I opened my eyes the next morning, people were re-creating the video. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
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After her relationship with former partner rapper, Future, the father of her son, crashed spectacularly in 2014, Ciara decided it was time for some serious introspection.
She prayed for answers, searched for lessons in the wreckage of her tumultuous breakup, and focused exclusively on taking care of her child and getting herself right.
“If you want to get somewhere in life, you’ve got to have a compass. You’ve got to know where you really want to get to. And my heart, soul, spirit, and mind just desired to be loved. To be truly loved the right way.”
Knowing what she wanted was as important as discovering what she could no longer tolerate.
“I knew I didn’t want to cry tears of hurt anymore. I didn’t want to keep going around in circles.”
Read the full interview on www.instyle.com
Photo credit: @philpoynter
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