The 44-year-old actress made the revelation during an appearance on The Today Show. Mowry shares two children with Cory Hardrict but said her “awakening” which led to their breakup was entirely self-focused.
“I knew when I really started to focus on my happiness,” the former Disney star said. “I feel like women, we tend to focus on everybody else’s happiness, making sure that everybody else is OK — meaning our children, our friends, our family.”
“But at the end of the day, it’s about self-love,” she continued. “When you start to really work on yourself, love yourself, know your value and know your worth, then all of a sudden, there’s this awakening. And it’s not easy. It’s a hard journey, but at the end of the day, I feel like it is so, so worth it.”
Mowry also said two deaths in her family, plus being in therapy, helped her realize that her happiness should become a central focus of life.
Mowry explained: “There was just an ‘aha’ moment in me where I said, ‘You know what? We need to tap in, see what’s really going on with your happiness. Life is short. Let’s go. Let’s start working on you and really focusing on what really, really matters here, which is at the end of the day, your peace, your joy, and your happiness.”
“I was in therapy, as well,” she added. “I’m a huge fan of therapy.”
Even though it’s over now, Mowry claims her 14-year marriage was a success and that her divorce is like a “graduation.”
“My marriage was a success,” she told Today. “I look at it as like a curriculum when you’re in college or high school. You’re learning, you’re growing, you’re evolving, you’re creating. I was able to create with Cory some beautiful, amazing children. At the end of that curriculum, there’s a graduation, there’s a celebration. So that’s basically how I’m looking at it now.”
“And I feel like … when (people) look at marriage, success equals longevity. But, no, at the end of the day, it’s are they happy? Are they thriving? Are they growing? I feel like that is what is most important. It’s not about staying in something because however long you are in that situation that equals success. It’s about really, again, are you happy? Because life is really short,” Mowry concluded.
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