During a sit-down interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 59-year-old star, opened up about her decision to forego having children while admitting she doesn’t regret her choice.
“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.
Winfrey also admitted she’s never found the idea of parenthood particularly appealing even when she was a little girl and always had different dreams than her peers.
“Gayle King, Winfrey’s best friend and 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 recalled.
“While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King.”
While Winfrey may not have children of her own, the former talk show host dedicates a great deal of time to the students attending the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, the school which she opened in 2007 and to which she has contributed more than $100 million.