Ciara, her baby bump and Baby Future star in a new Harper's Bazaar editorial, released today. Cici and her babies are adorable and give us the all-American family vibes in denim and button-down shirts. The results are visually stunning. Ciara provided insight into her life, her impending album and her growing family. What we learned, below.
Russell f**ks with the vision:
"If someone's not supporting you and your vision and your dreams," Ciara agrees, "whether it's your relationship partner, your friend, whomever, then you've got to make sure to keep it moving. If people aren't lifting you up, even if you're the strongest person in the world, eventually it does chip away at you. You don't even realize that you're losing yourself. And that's the scariest place to be in life… I don't want to lose myself. I love myself too much. I love life too much."
She was an Army brat and moved around a lot as a kid:
"I do think part of that made me kind of tough," she admits. "Emotionally tough. The truth of it is, it helped me with being able to accept cutting things off… Which I think is a good thing, maybe it could be a bad thing, because it can make you cold in that way."
Future Jr. loves his new sibling already!:
"He'll randomly pull my shirt up and be like, 'I want to see the baby,'" Ciara says. "'Hello, baby. How you doing, baby? I love you, baby. Okay, talk to you later, baby. Bye, bye.' Then he'll kiss me on my belly and put my shirt back down."
Cici is multilingual and her love of languages is inspired by her fans:
"She asks the waiter if he speaks any Japanese, in Japanese. He's from Oaxaca, so she switches to Spanish. Ciara speaks a little Chinese and Swahili, too. 'I made this deal with myself,' she goes, 'that whenever I travel, and there's a foreign language, I must pick something up. I love learning languages. It's also a way of paying respect to my international fans.' Ciara has been world touring since her first album — released in 2004 when she was just 19 — went triple platinum."
She gives back to the community:
"She volunteers with I Am That Girl, an organization that helps girls to turn self-doubt in to self-love. Her role is to facilitate consciousness-raising groups wherein up to 40 girls, freshman through senior year, 'talk about what they're going through — it's kind of like a circle of trust amongst women, you share the good and the bad.' Ciara will share from her own life experiences (the circle is founded in confidentiality). One message she tries to impart is, 'that they're not alone in their journey, and that we all essentially experience the same things, we just have a different way to tell the story.'"
She enjoys going to the grocery store in sweats:
"Ciara has a house in the neighborhood, and when I ask where she lives, she makes a fair bid for privacy. 'I don't like to say where,' she says, 'But yes, we are very blessed to be able to have a few places to stay.' One of those homes is in Seattle, which Ciara loves for its normalcy. 'I can wear my sweatpants to the grocery store,' she explains, 'and I'm not gonna have to worry about somebody that's going to snap me looking tore up from the floor up.'
Check out all the precious photos here.