More: You also had to blend your family. Describe the transition.
NT: The twins were 11 years old when Burney came into the picture. For a long time it was the three of us against the world. Luckily for me, when Burney came in, he fit in with the boys right away. For me, it was easy to blend my family.
More: You mentioned this bond with your older boys. Do you walk the line between being their mom and their buddy?
NT: It was the three of us for a long time, and, yes, we like the same music and some TV shows. But I am their mom, and I do have to say no to things like a trip. I have also had to have the talk about drugs and sex, but they have always been open with me. I mean, we grew up together, because I was only 19 years old when I had them.
More: Besides your camera work, you are teaming up with Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions.
NT: I have to confess, I really love what this all-natural product does for my hair, skin and nails. I mean, they took a beating once I had my four children. After four pregnancies, my hair started falling out and my skin wasn’t the same. Now my nails and skin are super strong.
More: Good to know.
NT: I also love how this product was created by women, which is something that was very important to me.
More: What are the benefits for women over 35?
NT: In just three months, my hair grew three inches. Plus, if you are a woman in your thirties and forties, there is a calcium bone health and vitamin D pill, which women in this age group need.
More: You are now 37 years old. What are the advantages of climbing the age ladder?
NT: I could not wait to get out of my twenties. My twenties were horrible. I had a great career, but I went through a lot of stuff. I feel like my life really started when I got into my thirties. I have learned how to embrace every year, and I am excited for 40. I don’t want to go back. If anything, I want to keep going forward.
More: You have not stopped smiling during this interview. How do you find so much happiness given all the tragedy you have experienced?
NT: I don’t even like that word. My friends and family tell me to snap out of it. I mean, we live here in the United States and are sitting here in beautiful Manhattan. Going to Starbucks is a blessing. I have a roof over my head, I have my family, I get to work out, and I have beautiful children.
More: Point well made.
NT: I even gave my buddy Trace Atkins, who is raising money for the Red Cross on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice, a check because of what that organization did for me. It is all of these little blessings that keep me happy and focused on what is important.
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