Most Powerful Woman in The Universe Oprah Winfrey gave an in-depth interview with The Hollywood Reporter at her Montecito mansion where she didn’t leave any stone its writer Lacey Rose brought up unturned.
From that alleged “nervous breakdown” to the challenging launch of her network OWN, Oprah didn’t shy away from any question.
However she was most forthcoming when talking about a subject she’s been asked about before: her decision not to have children.
“If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” Oprah said. “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.”
Her answer begs the question: can a woman acquire the stature Oprah has while also raising a family?
But that’s not for Oprah to solve. It’s a non-desire she’s had since middle school, always knowing she was different from her peers. When her best friend Gayle, who’s a mom of two, was in Home Ec class, she’d been writing down her name and the names of her future children, while Oprah said she “was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King.”
Oprah became pregnant when she was just 14, but her son died shortly after giving birth. Now in her late 50s, Oprah can be considered a mother to the students enrolled in her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, which she contributed more than $100 million toward and where every member of its free three graduating classes have continued on to higher education.