Oprah Winfrey has devoted her entire life to becoming, well, Oprah, and she has no regrets about skipping marriage and children.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 59-year-old media mogul said, “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,” she told the magazine.
“Gayle [now a mother of two] was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade home ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children,” she shared of her best friend. “While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King.”
When Oprah was 14, she gave birth a son who only lived for a few weeks. During a 2011 interview on “Piers Morgan Tonight,” the talk show queen said the baby’s death was her “second chance” at life.
Today, the OWN founder and CEO refers to the students at her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa as her kids.
“Some people ask me why I never had children,” she told parents at the school’s opening in 2007. “Maybe this is the reason. So I can help bring up other peoples’ children, your children. I want you to trust me to bring up your children and I promise I’ll never let you down.”
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How To Live Your Best Life: According To Oprah's Quotes (PHOTOS)
1. Relax & Live
"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure." - Oprah
2. Be Grateful For The Struggle
"Where there is no struggle, there is no strength." - Oprah
3. Try Again
"Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it." - Oprah
4. Live Like A Queen
"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness." - Oprah
5. Educate Yourself
"Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom." - Oprah
6. Invest In Great Friends
"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." - Oprah
7. Dream Big
"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams." - Oprah
8. Aging Is A Blessing
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate." - Oprah