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Oprah Reveals The Reason She Never Became A Mother: “My Kids Would Hate Me”

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Oprah may be considered by many to be the mother of all media. But the mogul never wanted to be a mother. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the 59-year-old says the choice to not have children was an easy one.

“If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” she said in the cover story for the magazine’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue. “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.”

Unlike many of her friends, Oprah had dreams that included cleaning up the world, not dirty diapers. “Gayle [King, Winfrey's best friend and 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 recalled. “While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King.”

And while Oprah has never been responsible for taking care of babies, she is the main caregiver in her family. “When you’re the most successful person in your family, in your neighborhood and in your town, everybody thinks you’re the First National Bank and you have to figure out for yourself where those boundaries are,” she explains. “I got to the point where nobody ever asked me for anything less than $5,000. I felt pressured for a long time to say yes, because I thought, ‘I can’t lie and say I don’t have it. My salary is printed in the paper. I’ve bought more houses and cars than I can even tell you.”

Looking back at her life, the first African-American billionaire—who is worth an estimated $2.9 billion—is happy with the choices she has made. “There won’t be a ‘next Oprah’ … just like there won’t be another Barbara Walters, Aretha Franklin or Whitney Houston,” says Winfrey. “People who make their mark in the way that they made it, that’s it.”

To read Oprah’s full interview with The Hollywood Reporter, click here.

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