Gabrielle Union is less than a full week away from the season 3 premiere of her hit BET series Being Mary Jane, but she’s using her voice to do more than just promote her project while making her media rounds.

Earlier this month, Gabby opened up to reveal very personal details about her challenges with getting pregnant and the pressure of feeling like a choice has to be made between motherhood and being a career woman in a telling interview with Redbook. While Mrs. Wade didn’t deny wanting to have children of her own with her husband, she also spoke on feeling prematurely plagued by the discrimination women face in their career when attempting to balance work with being a mother.

Elaborating further on her comments during a visit to The TODAY Show, she offered words of encouragement for other women in similar situations, insisting that they shouldn’t “feel guilty” and should find hope in realizing that there are other options for having children if they are unable to conceive.

‘If you happen to have issues with fertility as you’ve gotten older and you happen to have a career, all is not lost. There is so much hope, there are so many options.”

She also weighed in on television shows perpetuating the idea that a thriving career is a “problem” for a woman who isn’t where she wants to be in her personal life.

“I think TV shows and films kind of make [out that] the frigid, single-focused career woman, that her career is the root of all problems in her life. That’s just not the case.”

You can check out Gabby’s full TODAY Show interview below and catch the season 3 premiere of Being Mary Jane on October 20.

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  • Sister Gabrielle Union gave excellent words of advice and wisdom. A woman has the right to follow her career and if a woman struggles with fertility, there are many options in the world to assist her. We live in the 21st century. Backward views on gender should be expunged from anyone’s consciousness. We want women to be free and independent. Women have the right to live their own lives. Likewise, we want any relationship to have love, care, and reciprocity. I wish the best for Gabrielle Union and for her marriage.

    • Mahogany

      Well said

    • Thank you Sister.

    • Phoenix Ares

      A huge catch 22 for women (and again I lay it at feminism’s feet), but I think she waited too late, sadly.

      By the way take care.

    • Take Care as well Sister.

  • Phoenix Ares

    What is she talking about her career takes a hit? She’s not an average 9-5 working Jane. She’s a damned celebrity. If she had gotten pregnant she’d be just another actress that was knocked up. Nobody in Hollywood cares about actresses getting pregnant! Sounds more like she made the mistake many in her age bracket make…she believed she could have kids at any time. Women have to realize they’re not built like men. Men can father kids well into their 40s, 50s, even 60s because that’s how nature designed them. Women do not have that biological luxury. I hope she gets her wish but it’s looking more to me like she’s realizing she waited too long hence the fertility problems and her excuse is her “career”. She’s not like some average worker who had to choose between job/rent and having a baby. Look, I feel for women who want to have children and can’t. I really do, and I don’t exactly condone single motherhood HOWEVER:

    I do support it especially if the chick can afford to raise one on her own. By the time you reach 35, and there’s no marriage in sight and regardless of where your career is, if you want a biological kid then you best start planning to have one–alone–if necessary. At that point you either better got it alone or start accepting the possibility that you may not become a mother. You’re not a man and you don’t have the luxury of waiting it out like men can. It’s not like Miss Union could not afford to be a single mom. No, she just waited too long and she’s paying the consequences, unfortunately.