Barbara Walters’ Tearful Admission: ‘I Regret Not Having More Children’

The iconic journalist and host of 'The View' is taking on her retirement in 2014, but as she draws closer to the last experiences of impressive career, she admitted that the one thing she would have done differently was focus on growing her family. Barbara Walters has had such a rewarding career and slew of incredibly awesome experiences in her 84 years, but looking back on her life, the journalist was brought to tears when she admitted to talk show host Piers Morgan that she wished she would have had more children. Barbara adopted her now 44-year-old daughter, Jackie, with her ex-husband Lee Gruber, but she revealed she would have loved to have a larger family.

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Barbara Walters Children: ‘View’ Host Admits She Regrets Not Having More Kids

“If you could relive one moment in your life, the moment that brought you the greatest satisfaction, thrill, sadness perhaps, [what would it be]?” Piers asked Barbara on his CNN Piers Morgan Interview. Barbara decided to share a heartbreaking revelation.

“Can I tell you what I regret when you’re talking that way?” she interjected, visibly choked up at the thought. “I regret not having more children.”

Barbara Walters Wished For Larger Family After Sister’s Death

Barbara’s emotion about her family stems from losing her only sister so long ago. “I would have loved to have had a bigger family. I have one daughter. I don’t have brothers and sisters,” she said, before adding, “I had a sister that I loved and she was developmentally challenged, I guess, is how they put it.” Barbara’s sister, who was named Jacqueline just like her daughter, passed away in 1985.

Barbara has been thinking about her family most as she takes on the unknown that will come from her retirement, admitting “I don’t know exactly what it’s going to be like when I stop working.”

What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Are you surprised that Barbara opened up about her family?

— Kristine Hope Kowalski

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