Gabrielle Union’s ‘Balance Doesn’t Exactly Exist’ Confession is Too Damn Relatable

Though celeb moms aren’t necessarily just like us, they’re working moms, and we have a whole lot more in common with them than you might think. New mom Gabrielle Union admitted to Us Weekly that no matter how hard she aims for work-life balance, it’s pretty much an illusion.

Gabrielle and NBA All-Star hubby Dwyane Wade share a 9-month-old daughter, Kaavia, and the 46-year-old is also stepmom to Dwyane’s three kids from previous relationships. The new mom opened up to Us on August 27 about being a celeb mom—with a sentiment all working moms can relate to.

“The impression [of celeb moms is] that you’re perfect and beyond reproach,” Gabrielle said. “I just do the best that I can. I am super honest and transparent. Balance doesn’t exactly exist in my life. The idea of balance is a lack of balance and just admitting that and being, like, ‘I’m doing the best that I can and hopefully that people that love me still love me when I’m not hitting it out of the park in every area of my life.’” She hit the nail on the head.

This isn’t the first time that the Bring It On activist-actress has gotten real about working motherhood. She’s discussed having a baby in her 40s, her infertility, and the ups and downs of life as a celeb mom. In an August 13 interview with Us, she explained how she deals with the dreaded working mom guilt.

“I don’t have mom guilt, and I’ll tell you why. Being able to have the job that I love and the baby that I dreamed of [is great]. I’m a better mom because I’m able to go away and do what I love. Even if I failed miserably, I’m following my dreams. … I would be less of a mother if I didn’t set out every day to try to make my dreams come true and other people’s dreams come true. So I don’t have guilt.”

OK, that’s something we can get behind—and make us all feel a little more empowered about being working moms. Thanks, Gabrielle—and of course sweet Kaavia too.