In her first big interview since her split from actor Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy says her identity is not wrapped around being someone’s girlfriend, but in being a mom to her 8-year-old son Evan.
Though Jenny insists that her “identification wasn’t caught up [in] being a celebrity’s … girlfriend,” Oprah Winfrey pursues the question further, asking, “You’re sure?”
“Absolutely,” the funny mom replies. “I did check on that, by the way. I checked into myself. How does my ego feel? … My ego’s fine. I’m a warrior mom. I always got back on my feet, and I know especially this year who I am.”
The news of Jim and Jenny’s split came as a surprise to many. Together for 5 years, the Love, Lust and Faking It author often gushed about her former beau’s connection to her son, who was diagnosed with autism at 2 years old, even calling Jim the “autism whisperer.” She also started calling herself as “grandma” when the Pet Detective star’s daughter Jane welcomed a son last year.
So what went wrong? “You know, the simple word I can give – and there’s a few, so let me say a few. The first thing is, when it’s not fun anymore, you need to start investigating and do an inquiry into the relationship.”