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“It’s really interesting to be a woman, and to get to 45, and to not be married, and to not have kids,” Ross said at Glamour’s 2017 Women of the Year Summit on Monday. “Especially when you’ve pushed out five kids on TV.”

“You start hearing crazy shit like, ‘Oh, you just haven’t found the right guy yet,’ ‘What are you going to DO?’ ‘Oh, you poor thing,’ ‘Why is someone like you still single?’ ‘Have you ever thought of having kids?’ ‘Why don’t you just have a kid on your own?’ It’s never ending and not helpful,” she said, further explaining that although she grew up “planning a wedding,” she also wanted to win an Oscar, appear on the cover of magazines, and “[make] a difference in the world, helping women find our voices.

“And from that dreaming, I have built an incredible life. I have become a woman that I am proud to be.”

“It’s really interesting to be a woman, and to get to 45, and to not be married, and to not have kids,” Ross said at Glamour’s 2017 Women of the Year Summit on Monday. “Especially when you’ve pushed out five kids on TV.”

“It means risking being misunderstood, perceived as alone and broken, having no one to focus on, fall into or hide behind, having to be my own support and having to stretch and find family love and connection outside of the traditional places,” she said. “But, I want to do it. I want to be the Brave Me, the real me, the one whose life is my own.

“Well, listen here ladies, I’m tearing it up. It’s going bye-bye and I’m drawing up a new one and my terms are this: I am going to own my experiences. I’m going to pay attention to the reality of my life and the audacity of my dreams instead of the expectation I was raised with. I’m going to make space for the good and the bad of it, even the yucky scary fear-inducing parts, and embrace all the bits and all the questions.”

Clearly, Ross is living her best life on her own terms.

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