Oprah Winfrey, 70, Has Had No Regrets On Never Marrying Or Having Children

Oprah Winfrey opened up about her decision not to have children in an interview with People magazine. The talk show host revealed how she views motherhood and how she is able to take on other roles that make her feel like she’s fulfilled her maternal duty. The billionaire also spoke about why she and her longtime partner never married.


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When speaking to People in 2019, Oprah spoke about how she and her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, met at a charity event in the mid-’80s. Afterward, they got engaged, prompting Oprah to think about having children.

“At one point in Chicago, I had bought an additional apartment because I was thinking, ‘Well, if we get married, I’m going to need room for children,’” she said.


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However, the talk show host never became pregnant because she began to realize what a big responsibility it is to become a parent.

“I realized, ‘Whoa, I’m talking to a lot of messed-up people, and they are messed up because they had mothers and fathers who were not aware of how serious that job is,’” she said to People.


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Oprah said that she believes if she and Stedman had actually gone through with getting married, they would have split up.

“Both he and I now say, ‘If we had married, we would not be together,’” she said. “No question about it — we would not stay married, because of what that would have meant to him, and I would have had my own ideas about it.”


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Today, Oprah still has no reservations about choosing not to be a mother or a wife.

“I have not had one regret about (not having kids or getting married). I also believe that part of the reason why I don’t have regrets is because I got to fulfill it in the way that was best for me: the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.”

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