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


Renée Zell­weger

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.

Oprah Win­frey

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.

Dolly Par­ton

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.”

Ash­ley Judd

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.

Kim Cat­trall

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.”

Marisa Tomei

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.

Cameron Diaz

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.”

Jon Hamm

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.

Ste­vie Nicks

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.

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