Natti Natasha took center stage at 2021 Billboard Latin Music Week to talk about her new role as a mother in a panel called “There’s No Hood Like Motherhood” on Tuesday (Sept. 21).
Moderated by Telemundo TV host Adamari López, the two famed Latinas had a candid conversation on wellness, babies and superstardom. In May, the “Ram Pam Pam” singer gave birth to her first child, a baby girl named Vida Isabelle, with her longtime manager and fiancé Raphy Pina of Pina Records.
In addition, the Dominican singer talked all about her next album Nattividad, out Friday on Pina Records/Sony Music Latin.
Below, read some of the best quotes from the “There’s No Hood Like Motherhood” panel:
ON WORKING WHILE BEING PREGNANT: “I worked like never before even when I was eight months pregnant because I wanted to send a message. Life is about challenges and learning from your experiences. I worked with the mentality that I was not famous and didn’t have anything and that I had to work hard because my daughter depended only on me.”
ON BEING AN EXEMPLARY MOM: “I’m a freak mom. I wake up every morning and I’m attentive to Vida Isabelle. She’s my motivation to continue in this career. I want her to know that I built myself from the ground up and I hustled hard to be where I am. Being an example is something I want to be for my baby and for her to see how people connect through my music and lyrics.
ON HAVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE: “I wake up in the morning and do some type of exercises like running and boxing. I eat clean and healthy. I’ve been a vegetarian since 2015 and I’m a picky eater. But I would have to say that discipline is key for everything.”
ON HER NEW ALBUM: “All the music videos for my album were done during my pregnancy because I enjoyed the process and having my baby bump. ‘Nattividad’ is my second baby this year. I have dancehall, bachata, reggaeton, and collaborations with Maluma, Prince Royce, Nio Garcia, and many more.”
ON BEING A SUPPORTIVE MOM: “I think we have to give our children the liberty to express themselves how they want to and be very supportive. I feel that if we are supportive, they won’t feel bad or fall into depression. Leaving them alone is not an option. We have to trust and be present and that education comes from home and not the streets.”