No fam­ily, no re­grets, says Oprah

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LON­DON: Oprah Win­frey has ad­mit­ted that she would never have been as suc­cess­ful had she started a fam­ily.

The talk-show host, 59, who is worth more than £1.5 bil­lion (R24.5bn), said she would have strug­gled to bring up chil­dren be­cause she was so fo­cused on her ca­reer.

Win­frey, who has never mar­ried, gave birth to a boy when she was 14, but he died shortly af­ter­wards. But she said she had no re­grets.

“If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” she told The Hol­ly­wood Reporter.

“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.”

The pre­sen­ter, who started out as a news­reader for a lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion in Nashville, drew an av­er­age of 13 mil­lion view­ers a show at the peak of her TV ca­reer in the early 1990s.

She said suc­cess had caused ten­sion with her rel­a­tives, adding: “When you’re the most suc­cess­ful per­son in your fam­ily, in your neigh­bour­hood and in your town, every­body thinks you’re the First Na­tional Bank. I got to the point where no­body ever asked me for any­thing less than $5 000 (R84 700).”

Ear­lier this week, Win­frey was nom­i­nated for best sup­port­ing ac­tress for her role in The But­ler. – Daily Mail

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