Courtesy of OWN(NEW YORK) — Kym Whitley returns for a third season of Raising Whitley, which centers on her life raising her 5-year-old adopted son, Joshua. The comedienne tells ABC Radio that she informs her son that he isn’t her biological child this season.
“You know, you start the conversation now at least introduce them to the word so it won’t be so shocking as they get older,” she says, explaining why she chose now to reveal his adoption status. “You know, [I say] ‘Adopted!’ or ‘you’re adopted!’ Or you know, ‘Adoption…You think we should adopt another kid?'”
Whitley recalls that the experience was scary, adding jokingly, “I was like, ‘Oh my God, my baby gon’ leave me! He gon’ pack his bags! He gon’ leave!'”
The Young & Hungry star says she wanted to do this reality TV show to encourage other single women to start their own families. “Single women, especially my sisters, we all get into this career life and then our eggs get old and then oops! It’s just different than what it was back in the day,” she adds. “It’s harder to find a man. I don’t know, maybe they’re incarcerated, maybe they’re doing a different lifestyle, but it’s very difficult.”
“So what I try to tell women is don’t wait! Don’t wait!” Whitley continues. “We were raised [to] get married, have a family. [But] life changes. Society changes. It’s OK for you to go have a baby. You can have a baby. You can go adopt a kid.”
In fact, the season three premiere of Raising Whitley coincides with National Adoption Day, a coincidence that Whitley calls “fantastic.”
On the series, Whitley also opens up about her dating life, as we’ve seen sparks fly and then fall with Joshua’s “father,” Rodney. She tells ABC Radio that she’s dating someone else now — “I’m enjoying the south” is all she’ll say about her current suitor — and although she’s been a longtime bachelorette, despite being engaged six times, she says she does eventually want to get married.
“If I have all my friends running, telling me the best restaurant and the best place to get these shoes, but none of my friends running to me saying, ‘Oh my God, you’ve gotta get married’…it’s very difficult,” she ponders. “But I have put it out there, I want to get married. I want to say I’ve tried because I know I have lived my life and have done enough that I’m going to be such a good wife.”
Whitley also chimed in on her friend Mo’Nique’s recent headline-making comments in an interview with True Exclusives in which she said she allows her husband to get a pass in cheating.
She jokingly says, she’d be open to the idea of polygamy…but not really. “Men, if they could have a bunch of women they would! I believe that I could take five men, but they’re gonna be my brother husbands,” she quips. “You know, like if I was [with] one that like sports, I’d go out with the one that likes shopping. The one who likes to work out, I’ma go hang out with the one that likes to eat that day. So you know, a bunch of different men for different things.”
“But I don’t [want that],” she clarifies, getting serious. “My parents were married and if you marry your best friend I don’t think you’d desire anyone else. And women, we’re different.”
Raising Whitley, with cameos from Steve Harvey, Caroline Rhe and Omarosa, premieres Saturday at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN.
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