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Gabrielle Union talks maintaining her peace amid battling PTSD: “I feel different in my body”

Djeneba Aduayom for Women’s Health
Djeneba Aduayom for Women’s Health

(LOS ANGELES) — Gabrielle Union rocked her natural curls for the October cover of Women’s Health Magazine, courtesy of her natural hair care line, Flawless. 

On Thursday, the 47-year-old actress, mom and wife shared a few behind the scenes pictures from the cover shoot, which she says revealed her true self.

“It was the 1st time feeling truly like myself in front of the camera,” Gabrielle wrote on Instagram. “The me that my loved ones see every day. The me that fights daily for my peace and the peace of others. The imperfect warrior that’s lost more battles than I’ve won, but still keeps on fighting. At this grown age, I feel like I’m finally ME. And I can breathe. And as long as I have breath, [I] can keep fighting.”

Maintaining her peace is of super importance to Gabrielle, especially since moving out of Los Angeles a few months ago.

“I think I was brought to this home for a reason. Finding that peaceful balance with nature, and understanding that we moved into their space,” she shared with Women’s Health. “This is so not my normal language, but I don’t have other words to describe it.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Union admitted she was having a hard time dealing with her mental health amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, which has put her “PTSD into overdrive.”

But Union credits therapy for helping to keep her grounded during these trying times, as she’s still able to tap into her freedom. “I feel different in my body. I feel freer,” she says.

By Rachel George
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