Oprah Winfrey on Why She Never Had Children: 'I Don't Have the Patience, I Have the Patience for Puppies'

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.

via ABC:

“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.

At least she knows where her best purpose lies. 
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