Oprah Doesn't Care That She Never Had Kids, 'Cause She's Oprah
Featured in The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 issue, Winfrey spoke candidly about opting not to procreate.
"If I had kids, my kids would hate me," Winfrey said at her home in Montecito, CA. "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."
Winfrey knew a long time ago that life had other plans in store.
"Gayle [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," Winfrey said of her best friend, Gayle King. "While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King."
Who cares? Winfrey is nominated for Best Supporting Actress SAG for her role in The Butler, will probably get a Best Supporting Oscar nod, and is philanthropic enough to make Jesus himself take notice.
Winfrey responds daily to emails from her "girls," students at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. To date, the academy boasts a 100% graduation rate, and every student from the first three classes has continued on to college. Winfrey invites those who attend university in the states to her Montecito home for visits and Thanksgiving.
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