These Celebrities Have Revealed Why They Don’t Want Kids

May 08, 2021Rita Kumar

There are several reasons not to have children, and all of them—valid. However, men are often sent that message a lot more than women. So, when famous A-listers like Oprah Winfrey and Jennifer Aniston get loud about why they don’t want to parent a kid anytime soon, we can’t help but cheer out loud that they’re helping the stereotype around being childless fade away. Of course, there’s a flip side! Many celebs, men and women alike, are excited to get candid about why they’re not the typical parent person…

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Alison Brie

For some reason, newlyweds are often fogged by prying questions about when they’re going to have kids. And Alison Brie is no stranger to such speculations. The GLOW actress revealed that she and her husband, Dave Franco, have mutually decided that they do not want to become parents. “It is great because I don’t worry about when should I get pregnant — between seasons, while we’re shooting the show — I don’t think about it every day,” Alison told The Sunday Times.

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Jared Leto

The Oscar winner is still ready to embrace many other roles in his life. But parenthood is just not one of them! The 49-year-old actor is known for amassing all his efforts and dedication on his character at hand. In a candid interview with ES Magazine in 2017, Jared Leto got outspoken on why he’s not ready for the “dad” role yet. “I think it is really important to be present if you have children. I have a lot of things to take care of,” he said.

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Kim Cattrall

Can a show end it all, especially family life? Well, maybe…Sex and the City did consume Kim Cattrall’s family life after all. In an interview, the actress revealed that she prioritized the show over starting a family with her ex-husband, Mark Levinson. “When I answered those questions regarding having children, I realized that so much of the pressure I was feeling was from outside sources. And I knew I was not ready to take that step into motherhood,” she told O Magazine.

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Jennifer Aniston

The Friends actress hasn’t escaped the pregnancy question for decades. Oh, there were some rumors, too, encircling Jennifer Aniston’s motherhood. As fans, several people are invested in her life. Still, when she got candid about why she’s not interested in taking up the parenthood subject, for now, curious people couldn’t have asked for a better answer than this. “There’s a pressure on women to be mothers & if they’re not, then they’re deemed damaged goods. Maybe my purpose on this planet is not to procreate... Maybe I’ve other things I am supposed to do,” she told InStyle in 2018.

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Betty White

When it comes to Hollywood’s evergreen few, there’s no more than legendary Betty White. The Golden Girls alum has amassed more popularity with age and has even earned a Guinness World Record, thanks to her longest career on TV! “…But I did not choose to have children because I’m focused on my career. And I just don’t think as compulsive as I am that I could manage both,” she explained in a candid interview on CBS Sunday Morning in 2012.

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Even his long list of ex-girlfriends has become a story of the past as fans are overly excited when Leonardo DiCaprio will have a family of his own. But his thoughts on children? Well, his answer was a little ambiguous, but he cleared the air that kids weren’t a priority for him. “Do you mean do I want to bring children into a world like this? If it happens, it happens. I’d prefer not to get into specifics about it, just because then it becomes something that is misquoted,” he told Rolling Stone in 2016.

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Tracee Ellis Ross

The Girlfriends alum got candid and diplomatically told the world that finding true happiness doesn’t always stem from having kids. Just because Ross is enjoying her success, it doesn’t mean she isn’t yearning for a partner to share life with. At Glamour’s Women of the Year Summit in 2017, she further explained how playing a mom on TV amplified these pressures. “It is really interesting to be a woman, and to get to 45, and to not be married, and to not have kids. Especially when you’ve pushed out five kids on TV,” she said.

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Winona Ryder

Since playing mom Joyce Byers on Stranger Things, Winona Ryder revealed how some people are curious if she has kids in real life. In 2016, she told New York Magazine, “I am getting asked a lot, ‘You do not have kids, so how do you know how to act like a mother?"' As for playing Joyce, the actress shared how she’s been able to stage the role even if she doesn’t have children herself. "...Like they feel guilty for even hinting that they would want something outside of kids! It is a weird thing,” Ryder added.

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Dolly Parton

It’s a known thing Dolly rarely speaks up about her 54-year-long married life with her husband, Carl Dean. But in a candid conversation with Oprah Winfrey for Today, the Queen of Country revealed why she does not have kids. She explained, “Since I had no kids and my husband was pretty independent… So, I think a big part of my whole success is the fact that I was free to work.”

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Portia de Rossi

For de Rossi, getting candid on why she never wanted kids was no joke. She admitted that most people face the certain pressure of having kids in their 30s. However, she revealed it wasn’t for her. “You’ve to really want to have kids & neither of us did. So, it’s just going to be me and Ellen and no babies... but we’re the best of friends, and married life is blissful, it really is. I have never been happier than I’m right now,” she said. 

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Chelsea Handler

While it still is a personal decision, many women are hounded by fans who just go about that one question—the possibility of having kids. Chelsea Handler is among those people. Though she hammered the same points about why she doesn’t want to have children, people never stop speculating. She explained to Us Weekly, “I definitely don’t want to have kids. I don’t think I would be a great mother. I don’t want to have a kid & have it raised by a nanny. I don’t have the time to raise a child.”

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Aisha Tyler

Though we’re saturated with pictures of celebrity baby bumps, incredible maternity wardrobe, and conversations about motherhood, there’s one such topic we may be glossing over—the fact that not many women will choose to have kids. That’s the sentiment behind Aisha Tyler’s candid revelation about not having kids. “We only focus on Cinderella stories. We do not focus on all the people that don’t do it. And I wanted people to feel—men and women—it’s okay to say I love my marriage, I love my life... I choose not to have children,” she said.

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Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren is one of Britain’s evergreen celebrity exports. At 75 years old, The Queen alum shows zero signs of slowing down, but that hasn’t stopped fans and media asking her why she’s never had any kids. Mirren opened up to Vanity Fair, saying, “(Motherhood) wasn’t my destiny… I kept thinking it would be, waiting for it to happen… But it never did & I didn’t care what people thought…”

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Renée Zellweger

Even her countless awards and generous heart hasn’t helped Renée Zellweger escape the tabloids of why she’s not having a baby. In 2016, she interviewed with Extra promoting the rom-com Bridget Jones’s Baby. When asked if whether she craved having a baby of her own, Zellweger said, “I have never really thought like that about anything in my life, really... I have always been kind of open to whatever may be, curious to see what’s next… I have never been that deliberate about my life & the things that I would require in order to be happy.”

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Fiona Apple

The Grammy-winning singer hasn’t escaped the question of not having kids either. Perhaps, the Paper Bag singer is not someone who’s afraid to speak her mind, even if she feels compelled to do so. During a chat with Interview magazine in 2012, Fiona Apple gave an honest answer when asked if she plans on having kids. Without dragging the topic, the singer said, “No, I’ve never wanted kids… I somehow tend to read a lot about parenting & think a lot about parenting.”

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Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken’s marriage is one of those rarities in Hollywood that can never be replicated. The actor and his wife, Georgianne, locked eyes in the late ’60s and have been together ever since! However, the Walkens remain a family of two. Their marriage of over 50 years has been childless. But Christopher has no regrets and told The Guardian, “I’m sure many of the kids I knew as a child would’ve continued in show business, but they had kids of their own... had to do something dependable. I didn’t, so I could get by even in periods of unemployment.”

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Rachael Ray

It’s evident that Rachael Ray is a busy woman and has only got busier than ever. Even her husband, Cusimano, shuffles time between his professional gigs as a lawyer and rock band gigs. But when asked whether she was missing out on something by not having children, Ray, according to the Wall Street Journal, got all the more candid. She said: “I don’t feel like it… I really don’t.” In 2007, she told People that she has no time to have kids.

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Jennifer Westfeldt

Unlike Jennifer Westfeldt, her beau Jon Hamm desired to have kids. According to an “insider,” the couple did try to work it out, but in the end, their relationship came down to having children and then the rift. In 2012, Westfeldt revealed to the New York Times why she never had an idea about parenting anytime soon. She said: “I never thought I’d be this age and not have kids. But my life has always gone in a million ways I never anticipated… I kept feeling like I’d wake up with absolute clarity, and I haven’t.”

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Oprah Winfrey

Motherhood isn’t for everyone, yet those who opt out of this question are typically dragged into the spotlight. Even iconic celebrities like Oprah Winfrey are subject to guesswork. Although the talk show host and her long-time beau Stedman have been together since the late ’80s, the couple never married. In 2013, Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter: “If I had kids, my kids would hate me... They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me...”

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Ricky Gervais

While on a candid conversation with Ellen DeGeneres on her show, Ricky Gervais opened about why he’s not going to embrace the typical real-life father role anytime soon. He revealed that he’d “worry” too much if he had a kid. After sharing several jokes about different reasons not to have children, Ricky said, “I would worry sick about a baby…I have a cat & I worry about that. I check the door three times before I go out. I put food & water in every room in case the door closes… and he’s peckish for 20 minutes.”

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Lily Tomlin

Grace and Frankie alum got all the more candid about why she’s not planning for kids, and she blamed her behavior for this. In an interview with Kevin Nealon on his YouTube series, Hiking With Kevin, the 81-year-old actress said: “I look at my behavior, and I don’t think I could have done... I’m a Virgo... I should be a very good mother. I have no patience... You’ve got to develop some patience.”

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Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks didn’t think twice to choose her career over motherhood. The American singer has a blossoming career spanning five decades, but her stardom came at the expense of her motherhood. She told The Guardian: There’s just no way that I could have had a child then… working as hard as we worked constantly.”

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Jon Hamm

Even though Jon Hamm is far from a typical family man’s exemplar, the actor dated Jennifer Westfeldt for 18 years before splitting in 2015. Ultimately, the question of whether or not to welcome kids might have ended their 18-year love story. Though he has plenty of friends with kids, he’s not planning to have his own. He told Us Weekly: “I’d be a terrible father! I see my friends who have children & I am like, ‘Dude, how are you even upright, much less here at work at 6 a.m.?’”

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Kylie Minogue

As one of the highest-selling Australian musicians of all time, Kylie Minogue has cemented her name in the industry. All thanks to her loyal fan base. But that doesn’t mean people have stopped asking her about why she does not have kids. Speaking to the Sunday Times, she disclosed: “Of course, I wonder what that would be like. But your destiny is your destiny & I cannot imagine if by some miracle I got pregnant… at this point in my life, I wonder… could I even manage that?”

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Anjelica Huston

No matter how controversial Anjelica Huston’s decision might sound, the actress is glad she towed the path she did. “There have been times when I wanted children & other times I have been grateful not to have them... I’m a mess if I have to say goodbye to my dog for longer than five days. I don’t know how I’d deal with kissing my children as I left for work. I know there are women who are able to do that. I don’t know if I could,” she said.

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Sarah Silverman

Apart from interviews, Sarah Silverman even spilled the beans on how her love for comedy eventually won out over her love for kids. Though the stand-up comedian wants kids someday, she feels she is not ready for that yet. “I want to have kids when there’s nothing else. I want more & I can make them my world. I figure I’ll be a super-young-grandma age when I have kids,” she told the Daily Beast in 2010.

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Sarah Paulson

There is quite an unfair stigma encircling women who stand in their truth and choose not to have children. Actress Sarah Paulson got candid about her fear of having kids and spilled the beans about why she thinks it’s alright to be self-centered. “I don’t want to be torn. I don’t want to look at my child & say, ‘You are the most extraordinary thing that ever happened to me, but also the death knell,’” she told Town & Country magazine. 

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Marisa Tomei

Although Marisa Tomei has an Oscar at home, she remains a prime target for critics who are always on the lookout for why she’s never started a family. But the element seemed to have taken a toll on Tomei, urging her to hammer the reason another time. “I am not that big a fan of marriage as an institution & I don’t know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings.” she opened up to Manhattan Magazine.

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Ellen DeGeneres

Though the talk show host seems to have a whirlwind life, she hasn’t escaped the speculation of loyal fans and critics alike based on that one specific theory—parenting. Despite being a famous face in the industry, Ellen DeGeneres never felt drawn to the idea of starting a family. “We’d probably be great parents. But it’s a human being, and unless you think you have excellent skills and have a drive or yearning in you to do that, the amount of work that that is and responsibility… I wouldn’t want to screw them up,” she told People in 2014.

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Candace Bushnell

In a 2003 interview, the Sex and the City author spilled the beans on why she’s not ready yet to embrace family life. According to Candace Bushnell, her work is her child. “I think it’s a career where you have to put the career first. I don’t have kids, but... and luckily, everyone isn’t like this... I think if you have that passion, in a way, your career is your child,” she said.

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Mavis Leno

The former Tonight Show host and his beloved wife of over 40 years mutually agreed not to welcome their heirs into the world. In an interview with Los Angeles Times, Mavis added more elements to their decision, saying, “It is perfectly obvious the women are the ones trapped... I remember telling my mother when I was seven or eight that I was never going to get married or have children. To me, this is the way women get caught.”

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Katharine Hepburn

Some people choose not to become extra busy as parents for one simple reason—they simply don’t want to. In the line of stars who’ve shunned the idea of raising a family, Katharine Hepburn, too, ruled out parenthood topic despite all that name and fame. She opted out of motherhood to focus on herself and her career. She admitted saying, “I would’ve been a terrible mother because I’m basically a very selfish human being.”

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Gloria Steinem

While some were pretty shocked that one of the world’s premiere feminists isn’t interested in having children, Gloria Steinem is just too cool about it. In 2011, she spilled the beans on her childless journey on Chelsea Lately, saying: “I’m completely happy not having children. I mean, everybody doesn’t have to live in the same way.”

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Janeane Garofolo

While many women dream of having children, comedienne Janeane Garofolo feels that her fur babies are good enough for her. In a candid interview with Middle Mojo, the Ratatouille alum joked about her motherhood goals, saying, “As much as I enjoy other people’s children, my dogs have always been for me & my boyfriend our babies.”

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Carole Radziwill

The former Real Housewives of New York City actress has a pretty fulfilling life, but at times, she does wonder whether she’d driven the right lane not becoming a mother. In 2013, Radziwill revealed The Daily Mail a bit more about her not being the typical real-life mother character saying, “I just wasn’t that girl who dreamed about getting married & having children. Those weren’t the priorities for me... Now, looking back, I think it would’ve been nice to have a child. But I’m not going to sit around & mope about it.”

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Liza Minnelli

In 2012, Liza Minnelli spilled the beans in an interview that she did the right thing in opting for a childless life. She explained, “Nowadays, why get married? Nobody else does... It is not like I want to have children... It helped me because now I work with all kinds of children all over the world... I was meant to do something else.”

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Christina Hendricks

Christina Hendricks may have portrayed a working mom on “Mad Men,” but that hasn’t made her fall in love with real-life parenting. She revealed that she doesn’t have any plans to expand her family, saying, “People say, ‘Oh, that’s practice for parenting,’ but if it’s practice for anything, it’s to be a mom to another puppy. We have decided that we’re not really interested in having children.”

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Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer is one of those names that’s now the typical household element. Her position as ABC News’s lead anchor garnered immense popularity and even more after signing for the network’s morning show, Good Morning America. She was married for several years to Mike Nichols, but the couple didn’t have any kids together. To date, Diane has no regrets over their decision to keep their family constricted.

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Bo Derek

Actress Bo Derek once opened up to Variety that she considered having kids, but she felt her life was so crazy and children wouldn’t fit in. “I think kids deserve at least a chance to have two parents that are committed, but my life was so crazy,” she said. The Bolero alum added that there were times she never had a dog owing to her lifestyle, so having a kid was far from happening in her life.

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Lizzy Caplan

Though Lizzy Caplan doesn’t mind being a mother, she says she’s not ready to sacrifice her own goals to be a mum. The Mean Girls actress revealed that she’s not someone who’d stay home and raise the kids. Though she’s open to the idea of raising a family, Lizzy feels the idea doesn’t sound all that appealing. “I really want kids & I want to be fully involved in their lives... but I don’t want to sacrifice my own goals to be a mother,” she told Elle Canada.

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Anna Kendrick

As a celebrity who amassed a household name for herself at a very young age, Anna Kendrick didn’t escape the speculations as to why she doesn’t want kids. In an interview with E! News, the Pitch Perfect alum said: “You know, if I have kids, it’s just another kid that your kid is going to have to fight when the water wars come.”

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Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch has made it a ritual when it comes to naming her pets! During her virtual guest appearance on The Tonight Show, she got candid on why she’s named her dogs with human names. She said, “We’ve had many dogs… because we adopt only seniors, and we only get to keep them for a few years. So, we have many human names because I knew I wasn’t going to have kids.”

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Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss’s schedule may be tight, but when it comes to family, she’s no cynic. While on a candid interview with Marie Claire UK, Moss spilled the beans how she does dream of having kids, but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. “It’s actually a problem. But I’m very focused on my work… so it’s difficult to find the time to give yourself to somebody,” she said.

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Eva Green

The Casino Royale actress feels that having kids would push her to the extremes of being judged. Eva Green is unsure if she will ever want to enter the family mode. However, at the moment, family life isn’t what she would consider. “I don’t know. For now, no! What will be, will be… It’s difficult… It’s the judgment of other people,” she told Town & Country magazine.

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Guess these celebs have made it clear why parenting is either postponed or shut down for eternity in their lives. It’s their decision, and like many of us, they have all the rights to decide whether or not they need kids to complete them! Well, what do you think about these childless yet happy and successful stars? Get in touch with us today! And please don’t forget to share this article with all your friends! Thanks for reading!

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