Oprah Winfrey hasn’t shied away from the fact that she never had any children.
In a new interview with Good Housekeeping UK, she said that she currently mentors 172 girls, who use “my home as their home base” and that is more than enough.
“It is more rewarding than I would ever have imagined. I was doing this to help them, but it has brought a light to my life that I can’t explain,” she said of the Leadership Academy she champions. “For me it was perfect, because I didn’t want babies. I wouldn’t have been a good mum for babies. I don’t have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage! But this is so rewarding.”
She continued, “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.”
She expressed a similar sentiment to The Hollywood Reporter in 2013: “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 said.