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Keke Palmer Has Learned to 'Do What Makes Me Feel Happy'

Apr. 28 2023, Published 7:30 a.m. ET

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Keke Palmer is living by her own rules! After giving birth to baby No. 1 with boyfriend Darius Jackson, she has a new outlook on life.

"I've gone on my own personal journey with how I feel about my physical appearance. And I think the main thing I've learned through my experience is to do what makes me feel happy," the 29-year-old told People. "If I feel like I need to hold it back and I need to do a little bit more work, or [if] I want to feel better about myself, I just do it."

She continued, "Other times I'm like, 'Yo, pull up in the drive-through. I want the number five, large.' You know what I mean? I do what I feel when I need to, because sometimes taking it easy, that is what you need."

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The brunette babe also touched upon how women shouldn't feel pressure to slim down after giving birth.

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"There's always this thing of, 'How'd they do it?' And I think for me, the main thing I would say to any new mom is do what you can when you can, whatever it is that makes you feel good," she shared.

"If it's important to you, then hell yeah put in the work miss girl. Get you whatever diet you want to do or whatever workout regimen that works for you. And if that's not what you're worried about, then don't worry about it," she added.

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During her first few weeks of motherhood, the Nope star "didn't want to do nothing. I didn't want to talk to nobody. Then I was like, 'I need to talk to somebody. I need to do something.' Then I was like, 'Now I want to get active.' It changes, so go at your own pace," she recalled.

"Anytime you see a celebrity doing a snap back or whatever like that, it's part of the damn gig," she noted. "A part of our jobs is to look good and to look the part. So don't think it's this thing where it's like, 'We doing it because we got it like that.' No, the job is on the line. If we want the checks to get signed, we got to be what we got to be."

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