Child- free stars
BURPING, DIRTY NAPPIES, SLEEPLESS NIGHTS, LIFELONG RESPONSIBILITY... IT’S NOT FOR EVERYONE. Meet the celebs who happily choose not to have children
The Bridget Jones star enhanced her career by playing a character that navigates the tribulations facing the modern woman, including love, career and motherhood. Away from the cameras, Renée has so far decided not to have children. “Motherhood has never been an ambition. I don’t think like that ... I just take things as they come, each day at a time, and if things happen, all well and good,” she says.
The talk show tycoon, actress and philanthropist enjoys a glittering and impressive career, but even a self-made woman operating at Oprah’s level did not escape pressure from others to have children. She maintains that her decision not to have offspring was the right one. “I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children,” she has said. One of the many testaments to this is that she has founded a leadership academy in South Africa where she mentors 380 teenage girls.
The legend has said that she and her husband Carl, who have been married since 1966, did discuss having children and even picked out the name Carla, had they had a girl. Now in later life, however, the two have reportedly said that they are glad that they decided not to. In an interview, Dolly said: “I would have been a great mother, I think. I would probably have given up everything else ... because I would’ve felt guilty about that, if I’d have left them. Everything would have changed. I probably wouldn’t have been a star.”
The actress has drawn attention to the fact that there are children being born into poverty the world over, and so it makes sense to her for people to invest time and money into improving these children’s lives before contemplating having their own. In her memoir, published in 2011, she says, “My belief has not changed. It is a big part of who I am.”
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi
“I love kids, but it seems like a big long-term,”the talkcommitment. It seems show titan quipped in an interview. Portia Ellen’s wife echoes her sentiments and the pair humorously adopted a puppy last year and named it “kid” to silence people’s badgering. “Now I can say we have a kid, so it can just stop!” Ellen joked.
The actress is under no illusions as to what having babies and kids around can mean for your state of mind. Choosing to remain childless, Kim has been quoted as saying: “I think they’re adorable and funny and sweet ... and then I have a headache.”
The Academy Award winner has lit up the screen and stage since her career began in the early ’80s, but she was constantly asked in interviews why she hadn’t had a baby. “I don’t know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings,” she finally retorted.
The A-list actress has been happily married to muso Benji Madden since 2015, but so far the couple have decided not to have children. “I have an unbelievable life,” Cameron acknowledges. “In a way I have the life that I have because I don’t have kids. It’s just a different choice.”
The actor was with his partner Jennifer Westfeldt for 18 years, and although the pair discussed having a baby, they opted not to. “I see my friends who have children and I’m like, ‘Dude, how are you even upright, much less here at work at 6am?’” John laughed about the sleepless nights.
The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman has sold more than 140 million records and has never been one to embrace the conventional. “With kids, your focus changes ... I don’t want to go to PTA meetings,” she admits.