There’s no doubt Oprah Winfrey is the mother of all things media. But when it comes to having children of her own, the superstar has never had any interest in being someone’s ACTUAL mom. And she has a very specific — and surprising — reason why! You’ll never believe what she had to say about motherhood.
Oprah Winfrey, 63, is convinced that if she had kids of her own, they’d “hate” her! And despite her 30-year-long relationship with partner Stedman Graham, 65, the media mogul never had any desire to officially tie the knot OR start a family. Sitting down with Good Housekeeping magazine for a recent interview, Oprah finally revealed why — and we did not see this one coming!
“I didn’t want babies. I wouldn’t have been a good mom for babies. I don’t have the patience,” Oprah told the publication. “I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage!” However, the former talkshow host found the “perfect” alternative for herself that, for her, is just as “rewarding” as parenthood. Famously founding the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Oprah created a boarding school in South Africa that opened in 2007 and houses 172 girls.
“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,” Oprah gushed of the heartfelt project. “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.”
Expanding on why she never got into motherhood in a previous interview, Oprah told The Hollywood Reporter back in 2013, “If I had kids, my kids would hate me.” She continued, “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.” Well at least she’s honest!
And her Academy for Girls is a true commitment as the star takes care of nearly two hundred young women. She frequently begins her day responding to their emails and even travels to South Africa twice a year for visits. Oprah did however give birth to a baby boy when she was only 14 years old, but he ended up dying weeks after his birth.
“I was raped at 9 years old by a cousin, then again by another family member, and another family member,” Oprah revealed, adding that she tried to hide her pregnancy as a teen because she felt so much “pain and shame.”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — are you surprised by Oprah’s reason for never having children of her own? Do YOU think she would have been a good mom?