Katherine Heigl celebrates turning 40 in emotional Instagram post


Katherine Heigl has shared that turning 40 has given her a “certain kind of freedom”.

The Knocked Up actress reached the milestone age on Saturday (24Nov18), and took to Instagram to share a lengthy message to her fans.

“Well…I am officially 40 years old. I know you’re going think I’m full of it but the truth is…I’m pretty damn thrilled to be 40,” she began. “For one thing, as my mother always says ‘Getting older is better then the alternative.’ Too true mother, too true!

“For another thing 40 feels to me like a certain kind of freedom. Freedom from all the self doubt, insecurities, self loathing, uncertainties and anxieties of my 20’s and 30’s. Not to say I don’t still have those moments but I just feel like 40 makes me older and wiser. Steadier in my convictions. More certain of my strengths. More forgiving of my faults.”

As one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, Katherine is all too aware about the “stigma” that comes with getting older. However, she’s taken it upon herself to “not to let a number determine how I feel about the way I look” or “what my value as a woman in society is”.

“I’ve decided I will let the number and every one after it determine the strides I make, the enlightenment I seek, the compassion I show, the beauty I radiate from within that grows and expands with life experience,” she continued.

“I’m a stronger, better, more grounded and courageous woman today and I will do my best to continue to grow so I can say the same thing at 50, 60, 70 and beyond. It doesn’t hurt that I am surrounded by so many inspiring people who love me and support me through this life. Without them…well I’d still be floundering around in uncertainty.”

Concluding her message, Katherine wrote: “Ok, I’m done pontificating now. #thoseheavenlydays are making every year of your life matter as best you can.”