When Tia Mowry ended her 14-year marriage to actor Cory Hardrict—the decision did not come lightly. In fact, in a new interview, Mowry admits that it took years of deliberation before coming to that decision.
“I love being a wife,” the actress and producer told Hello Beautiful's Cori Murray. “But I am understanding that tradition could be a blessing and a curse. What I mean by that is tradition warrants for no change, whereas change is constant.”
She added that grieving her grandmother and the murder of her twin sister, Tamera's niece—Alanna Housley, in a nightclub shooting that left 12 dead prompted her to seek help. She specifically met with a counselor who specialized in grief and trauma.
“That woke me up. I asked myself, ‘Tia, are you happy?’ And I said, I truly need to find my peace and my happiness. That’s when I went to therapy,” she says. “I just started to begin to blossom, evolve, learn and grow. That was like the aha moment. The pivotal moment where I was like, you know what? It’s time to really start living your truth.”
She told the outlet that those experiences were years before ending her marriage. “Oh, this was years before that, actually,” she said. “This was maybe five years before I decided to make my decision. It took me that long to process everything and realize that it’s okay. Change is constant. It’s okay that if something is no longer aligned or serving you, it’s okay to let go.”
In addition to being a dedicated mother, Mowry also recently launched a haircare line, 4U By Tia, which features sustainably sourced and clean beauty products.
She also noted that her recent big chop had been part of her journey to authenticity.
“Like many of you in this room, we have all been on some journey of self-discovery and learning how to embrace our natural hair texture,” she said to an audience at a recent press event. “I didn’t always have a great relationship with my hair, mainly because I was always trying to fit into what society said was beautiful. This was usually European standards of straightening my hair, putting in extensions, and damaging my hair. So basically what I did—and you guys let me know if you know of anything called the big chop. Well, I recently done a big chop for different reasons.”
But, most importantly, Mowry notes that her children have been the big motivation on her journey to living her truth.
“For them seeing their mother walk in truth. I feel like it’s a great lesson for them because it was not an easy decision. It was one of the hardest decisions that I had ever had to make in my entire life. But if they see that mommy can do it, that mommy, no matter what people say, no matter, even if there’s some sort of doubt, whatever, mommy pushed through. [They can say] my mommy is living and chasing her truth. I want my children to do that."