Kate Hudson on Being Single: “It’s Nice to Get Acquainted With Myself Alone”

Kate Hudson for Harper's Bazaar
Kate Hudson opened up about her single life in Harper's Bazaar. Terry Richardson

If there’s one thing Kate Hudson is not, it’s traditional. The mother of two, 36, who covers the December/January issue of Harper’s Bazaar, opened up to the mag about her past relationships and raising her sons Ryder, 11, and Bingham, 4. 

"It's hard to let go of something, even when you know that it's not right,” she said of her romances with ex-husband Chris Robinson and ex-fiance Matthew Bellamy. “I’ve chosen something in my life that I'm very comfortable with that goes against a lot of people's more traditional feelings. If something's not right, I don't believe in maintaining something for the sake of what's considered a traditional family, because I believe that there are different ways to raise children. It's far more effective to raise children in happy homes."

Matthew Bellamy and Kate Hudson
Matthew Bellamy and Kate Hudson Michael Buckner/Getty Images for The Hawn Foundation

And Hudson is proud of the men her boys are growing into. Of Ryder, she said, “He's so comfortable in his skin. That's the kind of thing you really want to protect. There's no cockiness to him."

She admitted that the nature of her job is hard on her as a mom, noting, “My ambition changes. I love what I do. I think a lot of people, especially when you're a woman, you have kids, and work on movies, it's hard because you're away from them… I don't want to be away from my family. [But] I love [acting] so much. I just enjoy being on movie sets."

Kate Hudson for Harper's Bazaar
Kate Hudson for Harper's Bazaar Terry Richardson

And now that she’s single, Hudson is happier than ever.

"It's nice to get acquainted with myself alone," the Kung Fu Panda 3 star said. "You know, the goal when you get into a relationship is not to be out of the relationship. It's to try to stay in the relationship. But if it doesn't work, you can't force those things."

The self-proclaimed optimist isn’t letting anything get her down. In fact, she’s embracing her new life.

Kate Hudson for Harper's Bazaar
Kate Hudson for Harper's Bazaar Terry Richardson

"I really do feel very lucky,” she said. “I’ve had my kids and my relationships. I've set my life down — I’m in my house, and I'm alone with my children — and I'm at peace, and that's a really nice feeling. All I really want in my life is to maintain that."

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