April 11, 2016 05:30 PM

When Ciara‘s engagement to Future ended, the singer focused on her son and came out stronger in the end.

“That wasn’t necessarily part of my vision,” she tells Essence in its latest cover story. “But the moment I realized I was going to be a single mother, I had to reflect and reorganize my thoughts.”

The star “decided to trust that God had a plan” for her and subsequently “put all my love and focus on my son,” she says of life with Future Zahir, 2 next month. “And he’s made me become even more fearless.”

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The Grammy winner reveals she always wanted to grow her own family, and her pregnancy happened “when I was finally ready to take on the responsibility.”

Recently engaged to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Ciara says her future husband is everything she had been looking for.

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“I remember telling my friend the kind of guy I wanted: a God-fearing man with a very fun spirit who loves kids and would really, truly care for me,” she says.

“Marriage is something I look forward to. I believe in family, and the beauty of two people committing to spend their lives together.”

— Melody Chiu

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