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Why Didn’t Oprah Have Kids?


Oprah Winfrey is one of the most powerful – and one of the richest – women in the world, but many have questioned why she never decided to settle down with Stedman or why she never started a family. I think there are any number of reasons for either of those things, and while I don’t think we’ll ever know the real truth about her sexuality (because yes, I think she’s probably gay), she did discuss her decision not to have kids with The Hollywood Reporter:

“Gayle [King, 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 notes. “While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King.”

She’s certain she made the right choice. “If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” she contends. “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.”

First of all, can I just say love me some Oprah. I’m really glad that she didn’t just have kids for the sake of having them and then, like she said, have them end up damaged because her focus wasn’t motherhood. I’ve seen that happen far too many times. On the flip side, I’m not quite sure about the whole Martin Luther King thing, but that’s not really for me to say.

Anyway, there’s why Oprah didn’t have kids. It’s not because she’s infertile or because Stedman didn’t want any or any of that shit, she just didn’t really prioritize motherhood, and that’s cool.

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  • I never really gave Oprah and kids much thought I just figured like you she was gay and whatever you never hear anything about Stedman anymore so just more fuel. Here’s a question for you Jennifer do you know you are infertile if you never try to have kids? Not really looking for an answer just food for thought.

    • LOL whut. I didn’t say I thought she’s infertile, just giving a list of random speculative stories that have appeared in the press over the years.