After Queen Latifah's 64-year-old mother, Rita Owens, was diagnosed with the incurable auto-immune disease scleroderma, the actress/talk show host didn't think twice about moving her mother closer to her Los Angeles home.
"I have a master bedroom in my house that's my mom's room," the comedienne shares. "I have to keep her close to me. I actually sleep better knowing she's there."
Despite the 44-year-old's busy schedule — she's currently host of the popular syndicated talk show, The Queen Latifah Show — Latifah has refused to hire outside help since her mom moved in.
"There's nothing Hollywood about me when it comes to my family," the star says. "I didn't hire people. I'm very involved with mom's care."
One of the reasons Latifah decided to take the reigns when it comes to Rita's health is because she knows her mom better than anyone else.
"I can tell when she's pretending to be strong and something's not right. We know each other too well," states Latifah. "I was not the kind of kid that could ever lie to my mother."
And although Rita's scleroderma has presented plenty of challenges — she's often hooked up to a portable oxygen tank — the Oscar-nominated star sees a silver lining.
"I love that lady," Latifah tells People magazine. "We've gotten so close this year."
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