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“Gayle [King] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade Home Ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children. While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King. …If I had kids, my kids would hate me. They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something [in my life] would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them.”

This is Oprah Winfrey explaining why being childless by choice is the best decision for her and her career, including the baby she had and gave up for adoption at 14. [Update: As a commenter has correctly pointed out,Oprah’s baby was stillborn.] Can you imagine if we didn’t have Oprah because she’d devoted her life to motherhood instead? Or even half her life? It would certainly be a different media and entertainment business we would have and possibly a different world. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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  • Wanda

    I applaud Oprah for her decisions.

    Obviously her self-awareness has been a critical part of her success. For The Queen, it is all about her.

    For those that have experienced it, once you feel that first kick and overwhelming nausea, you realize then that life just ain’t about you anymore. Period.

    There are CHOICES and SACRIFICES in life.

  • I love her for her honesty. Really, she isn’t lying I have come to the conclusion myself recently that you really can’t have it “all”, you can have SNIPPETS of “all” or come close to it but you are not getting the full pie. The Oprah we know today might not have been the same Oprah if she was a mother due to the fact that she is so dedicated to her brand/empire to the point of obsession so motherhood (hell even marriage) would have taken a back seat often. And that is not to say that they aren’t super successful women with a family but there are so few women who can balance their in demand careers and motherhood and even marriage without much trouble AND support. I am at the point where motherhood is not practical for my life now and if I am fortunate to have children great but if I don’t then I am still good. I think it is long time for society to kill the old stereotype that motherhood has to be a rite of passage for a woman. Furthermore, I think Oprah came full circle unknowingly with motherhood because she has mothered or is a mother-figure to many children and adults with her nurturing and giving so despite her not physically having children biologically, she is a motherly.

  • Child, Please

    Oprah look GORGEOUS on that cover! I’m glad she realized that there’s a give and take to fame and a lot of times you can’t have it all!