Cameron Diaz: ‘I want to live to be 110, since I’ve got a young child’

Cameron Diaz has really settled into her life as mom and wine entrepreneur. I was impressed when I saw her interview on Kelly Clarkson with how much she’s embraced being mom to two-year-old Raddix. I realize most people embrace being parents, but Cameron doesn’t sound like she’s trying to convince anyone of that like most celebrities do. In the Kelly interview she said that she thinks her parenting style has to do with being an older mom. Cameron was 47 when she had her daughter. In her latest interview with People, Cameron said she’s fine with being an older parent, she’s just going to stick around longer as a result. Now that she has a kid to live for, she’s reset her biological clock for 110.

Cameron Diaz is embracing her journey as an older mom!

Last week while speaking to GOOP’s podcast with the company’s founder and her longtime friend Gwyneth Paltrow, the Bad Teacher actress discussed her life as a mother at the age of 49.

“The whole concept of aging has just changed completely, even in the last 10 years,” Diaz, who shares a 2-year-old daughter, Raddix, with her husband Benji Madden, said.

“It’s totally opened up. I’m excited. I’ve got 50 or 60 years to go — I want to live to be 110, since I’ve got a young child.”

“I think you have this amazing moment in your 40s where you appreciate who your parents are, and I want to have that moment with her — be there with her in her 40s,” she continued.

Diaz also believed the genetics she inherited from her family would undoubtedly help make her wishes a reality.

“My family’s from sturdy stock,” she shared. “My grandmother was running around in the hot San Fernando Valley sun at 72, hauling big bags of rabbit feed and chicken feed around. I think I’ve got some of that.”

She added, “And as is true for most people, I think how I look and feel is some combination of what I do and what I don’t do.”

[From People]

I understand where Cameron is coming from on this, but I don’t exactly agree with her point. I think kids get an appreciation for their parents when they walk in their shoes. For some it’s when they have kids of their own, others when they settle into a career, pursue their dream or find success. Or, for some, it’s when they realize what their parents sacrificed. But Cameron’s timeframe is close. That understanding comes around midlife for most. And I’m completely down with her motivation, “I’m going to stick around until you appreciate me and let me know it.” Okay, maybe that’s not where Cameron was coming from, but it’s where I would be. I think Cameron just really loves her kid and wants to spend as much time with her as she can. She wants to see every moment and realizes that Raddix may do things in her 40s like Cameron did. I respect that.

I don’t share Cameron’s sentiments, however. I have no intention of sticking around that long. I have no qualms with life but I’m tired and once things stop working the way they’re supposed to, I don’t want to be here for that. Fortunately, I’m kind of a crotchety person now and that’s only going to get worse with age. Folks will be fiiine saying goodbye to me when it’s my time, is what I’m saying. When I have gracefully met my ancestors and my children finally age into appreciating me, they can go knock on Cameron’s door and tell her how fabulous I was.

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  1. Kitten says:

    People will undoubtedly have opinions about her having a kid at age 47 but just remember that it’s different when rich people do this. They have all the resources to care for that kid when they’re exhausted or burnt out, which isn’t a practical reality for most of us,

    Anyway, I’ve always liked Cam so I’m happy for her–she DOES seem very content and settled.

  2. KrystinaJ says:

    I’m a huge fan of her wines. They’re surprisingly good, and I’m PICKY, lol

    • Fig says:

      Which ones do you like? I wrote them off because it’s a celebrity wine but maybe I should give it a try

  3. Kate says:

    That comment about appreciating your parents in your 40’s makes me think about Life and Beth on hulu – about two sisters coming to terms with their bad-mom-with-good-intentions.

    Also currently watching my beloved grandmother aging and injuring herself and it doesn’t look very fun and she’s an extremely positive and optimistic person. So I hear you Hecate. I guess if I was going to live to be 110 I’d only want to do it if I was wealthy enough to have full-time in-home care and if my kids lived close enough to me to visit. Getting old can be lonely if you don’t have a partner or close friends still living.

  4. Lila says:

    110? Hmmm… maybe. Maybe if I was in good health and still had family close enough to come see me. My grandmother is 80, and she has great friends and a full life. So maybe.

  5. Honey says:

    I feel you, Cam. Had my only child at 37 and he’s just finishing college with many years to go before he settles down. I would love to be around to guide him (only if he asks) and enjoy grandchildren. But maybe that’s a lot to ask from the gods and goddesses. If you make a choice to be an older mother, there are always pros and cons.

  6. Ennie says:

    I became a mom through adoption at the same age practically (almost 47). I also worry lime her, but with a lot less money. Wishing them well.

  7. angrypineapple says:

    “Folks will be fiiine saying goodbye to me when it’s my time, is what I’m saying.”

    Love it! Trying to live this way for my own inevitable end. 🙂