There’s no question that Oprah Winfrey has had a storied career. And if you thought her personal life might have suffered at its expense, think again. In a new interview, Winfrey reiterated her personal choice not to add motherhood to her ever-expanding list of domains, citing her belief that she and a baby wouldn’t have been a winning combination.
“I didn’t want babies. I wouldn’t have been a good mom for babies,” Winfrey told Good Housekeeping U.K. in their April issue, which hits newsstands on March 1. “I don’t have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage!”
Oprah has long been a champion for children on a global scale. She founded the South Africa-based Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in 2007, and she serves as resident mother figure for the 172 girls currently in attendance.
“It is more rewarding than I would ever have imagined,” she said of her work with the boarding school. “I was doing this to help them, but it has brought a light to my life that I can’t explain. When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children. Love knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age two, 10, or 20. If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works.”
This isn’t the first time that Winfrey—who at 14 had a son who died in the hospital just weeks after being born—has opened up about her decision not to have kids. In 2013, she told The Hollywood Reporter that giving birth to a big family was never a dream of hers as a child, and if she had opted to have kids, well, things might not have turned out well.
“If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” she said in 2013. “They would have ended up on the equivalent of The Oprah [Winfrey] Show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer, and it would’ve probably been them.”
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