The "Goodies" singer, who shares son Future Zahir Wilburn, 9, with the rapper, recalled how her mindset changed in the wake of their 2014 breakup.
"When you have a child, it's very important to me, like now it's no time to play around," Ciara explained on the Oct. 4 episode of the Call Her Daddy podcast. "The whole like, experimentation kind of phase is out the door. I am now responsible for another life. So what am I doing? How am I thinking that through? We get tired and we don't want to be tired all the time. I'm like, I want joy. I want to make sure my cup is full."
The Grammy winner noted it's a mindset she uses in all aspects of her life.
"I don't care if it's a relationship or friendship, business, whatever it is," she continued, "Don't let it waste your time. It's just not worth it. Those are things that come to my mind, how I process when there's a pivotal moment in my life, and in any aspect of my life."
Looking back to when she and Denver Broncos quarterback met for the first time at her house, the "1, 2 Step" singer reflected on prioritizing their privacy. "It was the best thing for the both of us, we felt," she said, "because even though we were meeting as friends and all that stuff, my son was there and my dad was there."
Ciara and Russell hit it off instantly. "We were like, talking and talking and talking and it was crazy—everything that we talked about, like, we were aligned on," she said. "I knew that I'd never felt what I felt in that moment."
In fact, Russell showcased his parenting skills, holding then-baby Future and taking quick action to keep him safe. "There's this chair in my kitchen and the chair was about to fall over and Future is literally, my son is right there," she revealed. "He slides over, catches the chair and I'm like [sighs], 'Okay. Okay. Superman. We've got a Superman.'"
And Russell continued to prove himself once their relationship turned romantic as he "jumped right in" to dad duty. These days, the couple of eight years are also parents to daughter Sienna Princess, 6, son Win Harrison, 3, and Ciara is currently pregnant with their third baby.
"He's an amazing father," she said. "Watching him with all of our kids, it is one of the sweetest things. It's one of the sexiest things, to be honest with you. I'm just saying, ladies, when a man jumps in and changes the diaper, and he's pulling up to teacher-parent conferences, it's like, 'Ooh!'"
As she put it, "There's something about a man turning on that part of them, like, they're being a man for you but they're also being a man for your family. There's no better feeling than knowing that."
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