That perspective on her world and her past took a lot of work, but she thanks God for her growth as an individual. In learning to love herself, Luckett has also had to learn how to love others in a more mature and open way. She admits that she’s been guarded in the past.
“I don’t think I’m a control freak,” Luckett says regarding her approach to relationships. “Of course, you don’t want to get your heart broken. But you can’t control other people. If you’re in a relationship, trying to control that other person — you’re going to be wasting your time. I learned a long time ago that you can’t control what somebody is going to do to you, but you can control how you react.”
When it comes to young women and how they handle love and relationships, the star worries about the images that young girls see and how those images affect them.
“With the younger gals now, because certain things are being celebrated, they feel they have to show certain things to be appreciated or liked by men,” says Luckett.
“I don’t think I ever found myself being tempted to just go crazy with it,” she states regarding her own image. “I was dealing with self-esteem issues. I didn’t even wanna show my legs, let alone my butt and all of my goodies! There’s a certain time for that and only this many people should be lucky to see it: You, Jesus and a couple of other folks, but not the entire world. If you’re going to do it, let it mean something. Make a statement. Make it stand for something. Not just to be posing on your bathroom sink, doing a selfie with [your] stuff out!
“Every day that I make it, I’m like ‘Turn up … another opportunity!’ I’m here for it. I’m all about growth. I’m all about figuring it out and each year, I surprise myself. I’m excited [about] seeing who I’m going to be in the next few years and what I grow into and who I can help.”