Posted by Bossip Staff
Kimora Lee Simmons graces the pages of an upcoming issue of OK! Magazine. In an exclusive interview, the model turned business mogul opens up about her relationship with Russell, her parenting style and her kids.
On remaining friends with Russell:
Russell, 49, filed for divorce in March 2006, but Kimora says they’re not divorced yet and “who knows” what will happen. “We’re great partners, and we have a beautiful family. We’ve been through so much together. It’s almost been 15 years. I can’t say it’s always been great, but I focus on my kids and my life and my businesses. I’m growing up. I feel like it’s time to take control of my life. I have to take the reigns myself and try my best to be happy.”
On Russell as a father:
“I’m a very hands-on mother. But he’s a very nurturing dad. He probably doesn’t spend as much time with them as I do because I’m with them day-in and day-out, work or play. [We talk about them] every day. All day. I would call for anything. We’re very connected to our children.”
On her daughters:
Kimora says the girls take after their mom more so than dad. “They’re really wild and outgoing. I think they mimic their mother, so that accounts for some of their business sense at such a young age, working very hard and being funny. They help me buckle down and focus. I’m such a kid at heart, so we have fun together. I’m always with them, whether it’s work or play. I’m never away from them for more than a few days at a time. They’re good kids. “
On how motherhood has changed her:
“When you come home after a long day and you have a headache and you want to soak in a bubble bath and drink wine and your kid has a toothache, you forget your bubble bath. Being a mom helps me realize that life is not about you. They’ve taught me tolerance, patience and understanding.”
On her parenting style:
“I’m very strict with my kids. I let them be free and happy, but I expect respect, discipline and self-control. I’m always with them or on the phone checking every little thing. Did they flush the toilet? What did they eat? What time did they go to bed? I’m a very hands-on mother. Russell will tell you that.”
On her daughters’ clothing line:
The girls, who model for Baby Phat, have a signature clothing line called Ming and Aoki. “Oh, I am [proud]! Tears came to my eyes. It was a lot of fun for us. The kids are always designing and creating; the clothing line is an extension of that.”
On having more kids:
“I love children, and I’ve looked into adopting. I definitely see lots of children in my future.”
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