1. Oprah Winfrey
“If I had kids, my kids would hate me,” Winfrey told The Hollywood Reporter in a 2013 interview. “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.”
2. Betty White
Katie Couric once asked Betty White if she was sorry that she never had any children of her own. “No, I’ve never regretted it,” White responded.
Her reason for not wanting children? “The only problem with children is they grow up to be people, and I just like animals better than people. It’s that simple,” White told Entertainment Tonight.
3. Jennifer Aniston
“I don’t like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women—that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated,” Aniston said in a 2014 interview with Allure. “I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering—dogs, friends, friends’ children. This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is.”
4. Cameron Diaz
In 2014, Cameron Diaz explained her decision to remain childfree to Esquire. “It’s so much more work to have children,” Diaz stated. “To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for—I didn’t take that on. That did make things easier for me. A baby—that’s all day, every day for eighteen years … Not having a baby might really make things easier, but that doesn’t make it an easy decision. I like protecting people, but I was never drawn to being a mother.”
5. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi
“We’d probably be great parents,” DeGeneres wrote in a 2014 People essay. “But it’s a human being, and unless you think you have excellent skills and have a drive or yearning in you to do that, the amount of work that that is and responsibility—I wouldn’t want to screw them up.”
6. Stevie Nicks
As a lead vocalist in the 1970s hit band Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks never had the time nor the desire to have children. “It’s like, ‘Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover?’ With kids, your focus changes. I don’t want to go to PTA meetings,” Nicks told InStyle in 2002.