This weekend, actress and singer Teyana Taylor joins Sia, SNL comedian Leslie Jones, and former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams at All Access — a night of performances that support reproductive health care. In a new interview with Elle, Taylor discusses the subject of choice and the pressures women face to become mothers.
“The decision to [have a child] is sensitive for a lot of people,” says Taylor. “You can never really know what goes into that choice. You can never really know a woman’s situation.” The “Fade” performer goes on to discuss how her support for access and reproductive rights has strengthened with time and understanding. ”When I was growing up, I had a lot of friends who had to make these choices,” she says. “Now I see it. [They] still had growing to do. They had lives they wanted to live. And they were kids still.”
Childbirth has also empowered Taylor, whose daughter with husband Iman Shumpert is “her heart.” She explains: “Without her, I wouldn’t be the same person that I am. And since then, I’m not the same woman that I was without her.”