Oprah on Kids and Marriage: 'I Used to Think About This All the Time'

October 10, 2019

Oprah Winfrey is known for being the generous giver and said she doesn’t have any regrets on how she has lived her life.

The 65-year-old billionaire sat down with People and opened up about not marrying and not having children. This week, Oprah is on the cover of their magazine which celebrates “Women Changing the World.”

People reported that Winfrey met her longtime partner Stedman Graham at a charity event in 1986. In an interview she said she did think about becoming a mother after she and Graham got engaged.

“At one point in Chicago I had bought an additional apartment because I was thinking, ‘Well, if we get married, I’m going to need room for children,” Winfrey said.

Although Winfrey does not have children, she said she saw “the depth of responsibility and sacrifice that is actually required to be a mother” during her time on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

“I realized, Whoa, I’m talking to a lot of messed-up people, and they are messed up because they had mothers and fathers who were not aware of how serious that job is,” Winfrey said. “I don’t have the ability to compartmentalize the way I see other women do. It is why, throughout my years, I have had the highest regard for women who choose to be at home [with] their kids, because I don’t know how you do that all day long. Nobody gives women the credit they deserve,” she continued.

She explained how she would always think about having children and getting married during her show. Both she and Graham said if they had married, they would not be together.

“I have not had one regret about that. I also believe that part of the reason why I don’t have regrets is because I got to fulfill it in the way that was best for me: the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa,” Winfrey said. “Those girls fill that maternal fold that I perhaps would have had. In fact, they overfill — I’m overflowed with maternal,” she continued

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