Mindy Kaling Talks Meghan Markle About Single Motherhood

Mindy Kaling talks to Meghan Markle on her new podcast. (Photo: Lisa O’Connor/AFP via Getty Images)

Mindy Kaling talks to Meghan Markle about what influenced her decision to become a single mom.

The I never have ever The creator, 43, appeared on the Duchess of Sussex’s Spotify podcast Archetypes to discuss her career and family life. Kaling, who had two children on her own, said that while she originally wanted to have a partner to raise her children, her plans changed as she got older.

“Growing up I used to write in magazines: ‘I’m going to marry a guy named Josh and we’re going to have five kids. I’m going to start having kids when I’m 24.” But 24 came and went – ​​no Josh, no marriage, no four kids,” she said. “I started as a writer The office when I was 24. And the idea of ​​starting kids at the same time — you know how consuming that is. When you got that first job class, I was just happy to be at SAG and then the idea that you would compromise any of that with something personal—I was focused on keeping this job and making money and getting a good reputation professionally. So it just happened. I would be in these relationships and in the cold light of day I would look at them and ask, “Could this be a person I could share my life with?” And the answer would be no. I often had relationships because I wanted someone to go to the Arclight with on a Saturday night, so I didn’t have to go see a movie by myself.”

The Mindy Project The star, who gave birth to daughter Kathryn in 2017 and son Spencer in 2020, shared that seeing her parents’ “strong relationship” made her unwilling to settle for anything less.

“I’m often surprised at how different my life looks,” Kaling noted. “Now, I’m 43, I have two children. I live with a nanny that I love. She is like my best friend and [I have] my dad, my stepmom — you know, my immediate family. It’s funny how different it is from what I imagined when I was 13, 14.”

The Why not me? The author explained, “I have such a wonderful relationship with my dad. We are so different from each other, but she is everything to me. I know it would be so precious to my kids, but you know, it wasn’t that part of our family in life. I think about it with sadness, but also with fear — what will they think when they grow up about it?’

In January, Kaling spoke to Yahoo Life’s So Mini Ways series about whether she sees a future soulmate in her life.

“I think of myself as a parent to my children and if I have someone coming into my life next, that would be great, but I don’t think it’s their responsibility. It’s mine,” he said at the time. “It’s just my blood. it’s my responsibility. I’m not in a place right now where I would necessarily want or need anything from someone else, for someone else to step in as a co-parent.”

She also shared that her “greatest reward” in life was seeing her children thrive.

“They are so full of joy and so funny. There is nothing jaded or cynical about them… they just love life,” he added. “For whatever reason, they’re not afraid to speak up. You know, I was a very shy outcast kid, [with] “to see and not hear energy”. And they sound great.”

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