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Oprah kids: Star opens up on childlessness, 'my kids would hate me' comment

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Oprah kids aren’t running around the star’s mansion for a reason, and that’s because the former talk show host decided long ago on not having any children due to her busy lifestyle. Oprah recently opened up on her childlessness, and offered a controversial “my kids would hate me” comment that has garnered a little bit of criticism towards the star from some vocal moms this week. The Globe and Mail first reported on this trending news topic this Friday, Dec. 2013, with the latest take on the headline.

During an interview earlier this year, Oprah talked about kids, or rather her purposeful lack of them. While enjoying lunch with a reporter from the HR, the HARPO Studios star discussed her love of young minds, particularly after meeting with students from her South African girls’ school, but that being a mother — in her eyes, at least — possessed little appeal.

Oprah’s comment on having offspring, or at least being childless, is because she believes that her kids would hate her due to her vast popularity and incredibly busy life, a life that would not have afforded her enough time to be a “good mom.”

According to her statement:

“If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” Winfrey told the Hollywood Reporter interviewer. “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.”

Yet this is the line, one that mentions little about Oprah kids but her close friend Gayle King, a mother of two children, that sparked the real controversy among some indignant mommy bloggers.

“Gayle was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade Home Ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children,” Oprah recalled. “While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King.”

The debate soon began among many women online about having kids or intentional childlessness. One blogger from The Stir had a harsh message for the TV host and civil rights star about motherhood, particularly balancing being a mom with being a career woman.

“Why do you think that women can’t be successful and have children at the same time?” Erikson wrote. “I have to commend you for making the decision that you did, since you knew that you were too selfish to shuffle things around to make being a working mom work. You knew that your kids would always come second to what you wanted for your life.”



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