Here’s Why Oprah Never Had Kids

"My kids would hate me."

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Oprah Winfrey at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles, on Aug. 12, 2013.
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Oprah Winfrey at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in Los Angeles, on Aug. 12, 2013.

Oprah Winfrey, who often feels like the nation’s unofficial matriarch, says she never had children because “my kids would hate me.”

While her best friend was writing down potential baby names in seventh grade Home-Ec classes, “I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King,” Oprah told the The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview.

“If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” she said. “They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something would have had to suffer and it would’ve probably been them.”

Oprah does, however, play an important role in the lives of the young women enrolled in the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, often emailing with them about everything from tough life decisions to boy problems.

[Hollywood Reporter]

24 comments
brettheth
brettheth

I thought that was a very legitimate reason not to have kids. Isn't it better to think how the relationship might be before creating a new life?

hrayholmes
hrayholmes

Oprah never had kids BECAUSE SHE'S A LESBIAN! Good God people, wake up.

Chiroderma
Chiroderma

This excerpt says it all..." While her best friend was writing down potential baby names in seventh grade Home-Ec classes, “I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King,” "...people have different priorities in life and work, consciously or unconsciously, to achieve them


peahrocks
peahrocks

I can't comment much on this. But proud that #OprahWInfrey  is doing her bit for the young women of the world. :)

HeatherBaker
HeatherBaker

I think that's a very mature and reasonable decision.  She knew she had a different calling.  Men choose careers over family often.  She was responsible.  I applaud her for the choice she made knowing her children would never have had enough of her if she was so dedicated elsewhere.

LisaBloomquist
LisaBloomquist

Is she annoyed that you asked?  I was curious, or I wouldn't have opened the story.  But seriously, would you ask a man that question?  There are a million good and valid reasons for anyone to have kids - or not have kids.  Neither Oprah, nor any other woman should have to feel that she has to explain that decision.  

Openminded1
Openminded1

She did not have kids because she is a lesbian and also did not have time for kids, her goals where more important and she has I am sure reached some of her goals. Money,fame, and to show whitey a black woman can be powerful. Mission accomplished.

Loan-A-Brain
Loan-A-Brain

@HeatherBaker Bullhustle; she doesn't explain adequately  why the kids would hate her and there is no way she would ultimately justify her current position in this manner because -supposedly if she had kids that would be a variable that would alter have life path including choices which may either be negative or positive. At the most this article is not investigated she has had some childhood issues too.

Loan-A-Brain
Loan-A-Brain

@Openminded1 @HeatherBaker Bullhustle; she doesn't explain adequately  why the kids would hate her and there is no way she would ultimately justify her current position in this manner because -supposedly if she had kids that would be a variable that would alter have life path including choices which may either be negative or positive. At the most this article is not investigated she has had some childhood issues too.


Read more: Oprah Winfrey On Why She Never Had Children | TIME.com http://entertainment.time.com/2013/12/12/oprah-reveals-why-she-never-had-children/#ixzz2qJE7Pqay

ppgg
ppgg

@Openminded1 How is it wrong to have any other goals in life?? You are right, she didnt have time for kids and thats why she didnt have any. Which is the right decision in my opinion.

UBCN2
UBCN2

She's not a lesbian. She has been in a long term, committed relationship with Stedman Grahame for decades.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@ppgg @Openminded1 I did not say it was wrong ,I just stated a fact and opinion. she has right to do as she pleases. She is a lesbian and that is ok even if she continues to keep it in the closet. She is very much a racist and keeps that quiet fairly well too.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@UBCN2 Michael jackson was also married , do you believe he was straight?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@UBCN2 Stedman you moron is Gay, it is all for show. they are good friends and protect each other. I do not care if she is a lesbian, I am just stating a fact. the commitment is just to keep up her image and to stay in the closet.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@nashawn.am @Openminded1 No just 63 years of experince, 30 years of that as a cop, and the fact that I know stedman her alleged boyfriend is gay. She uses him to stop rumors about her relationship with Gayle and for never getting married or having kids. I could be wrong, but i do not think so. Do you have better proof she is straight?

Openminded1
Openminded1

@DeweySayenoff Nice try dewey, but no prize. i have no problem with gays people as long as they are not Pedi's. As for me I am married now 35 years with two grown kids, you believe  what you want. As for you , a black man who never thinks a black can do wrong or is ever not a victim. You are  a typical black who uses the race card for everything that does not go your way. You also do not read well. My statement was a friend of mine I have know for years was Stedmans lover. Which means I can have a friend that is gay and not be gay. Which proves your comment wrong. I know gay people so does my wife, we have no problems, but we do say it like it is not your phony PC crap and black race card garbage. And remember Dew man I am black too.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

The short answer is no, you have no proof.  All you have is circumstantial "evidence" based on hearsay.  Your evidence wouldn't stand in any court in the land because reasonable doubt remains. 

Apparently, in your mind people can't be close friends with people who are gay, or hang out with gay people, without being gay themselves.  So based on your evidence, logic, and your confessed, long-term, close association with gay folks, you are gay, Open.

Just admit it for your own sake and let go all that bitterness you spew at other people.  You'll be more comfortable if you do that.  Or admit that your argument "proves" nothing and it's only your suspicions and prejudices talking here.  There really isn't any other option here.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@nashawn.am @Openminded1 I know Stedman is gay and Oprah has never been married and her best friend gayle is also a lesbian. add it up. Oprah was also abused as a child and young woman. Stedman is just for show, I have a very close friend who was Stedmans former lover over 27 years ago. and i am talking about a male friend I grew up with . he now works for  a company affiliated  with stedman.