I’ll Pass: Celebs Who Don’t Want Children
To be a parent or not to be a parent. That is not the question for these celebrities. While children can be a blessing to many, these stars have decided to forego being called “Mommy” or “Daddy” and have opted for a kid-free lifestyle.
In her upcoming movie “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” Cameron Diaz plays a mom, but in real life the 41-year-old has gotten a lot of flack for being single and never becoming a mom. She has been vocal in the past about not having children and has admitted that she made a choice to focus on her career instead. “It’s so much more work to have children,” Diaz told “Esquire” magazine. “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.
For more than seven years, Chelsea Handler has entertained late night television watchers with her show on E! Fans of the comedian know about her lack of desire to have children. “I don’t think I’d be a great mother,” Handler said on her own show. “I don’t want to have a kid and have it raised by a nanny. I don’t have the time to raise a child.”
Comedian Margaret Cho has accomplished a lot of things professionally. After her stand-up career took off, she branched out into acting, singing, writing and even started her own clothing label. The 45-year-old Korean American has been vocal about her views on motherhood. “I do not want children,” she told “Marie Claire” magazine. “When I see children, I feel nothing. I have no maternal instinct. I am barren. I ovulate sand. I look at children and feel no pull toward them, no desire whatsoever.”
Talk show maven Oprah Winfrey has amassed quite a large fortune but she will not have any heirs to her throne. Winfrey, who began dating her longtime partner Stedman Graham back in 1986, has famously said she doesn’t regret starting a family. “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.”
You may not know his name right off of the bat but Ricky Gervais brought NBC’s “The Office” from the UK to the U.S. The funny man has had several shows on HBO and ruffled a lot of feathers of A-list celebs when he hosted the Golden Globe Awards. The British comedian and his partner Jane Fallon have been together for 31 years. Not only are they not planning to ever tie the knot, the happy couple remains happily childless.
Zooey Deschanel became television’s it girl with her hit sitcom the “New Girl” on Fox. Deschanel divorced her husband, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard, in 2012 and has revealed that she has no plans to become a mother because she’s too busy working. “That’s never been my focus,” Deschanel told “Marie Claire” magazine. “My sister was always very motherly, babysitting and stuff. I like kids, and I like being around kids, but it was never an ambition, something, like, I need. … I like working. That’s what I like doing. I like to work.”
Whenever a female celebrity puts on a little weight, it immediately sparks rumors of a pregnancy. That’s exactly what happened to actress Eva Mendes several years ago. The “Seven Pounds” star had packed on a few extra pounds but she squashed the rumors immediately. “I don’t wanna have kids. I love the little suckers; they’re so cute but I love sleep so much and I worry about everything,” she said. “I feel like the institution of marriage is a very archaic kinda thing. I don’t think it fits in my world today.”
One of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors will soon be off of the market. George Clooney has always said he doesn’t want to get married again but earlier this year, he popped the question to his British lawyer girlfriend. The “Ocean’s Eleven” star has also said being a father is not something that’s in the cards for him but since he changed his mind about getting married again, there may be the sound of pitter patter feet in the Clooney home sometime in the future.
Every weekday Rachael Ray whips up a delicious meal for her viewers on television but when she goes home, it’s just her and her husband that she’s cooking for. She explained her reason on why she’s not planning on becoming a mother to “People” magazine: “I don’t have time. I work too much to be an appropriate parent. I feel like a bad mom to my dog some days because I’m just not here enough. I just feel like I would do a bad job if I actually took the time to literally give birth to a kid right now and try and juggle everything I’m doing.”
Ellen DeGeneres has been in the entertainment world for a long time. After performing stand up on the road for years, she landed her own sitcom show. While many thought she was committing career suicide, DeGeneres finally came out of the closet and revealed she was gay. Since then, she landed a job hosting her own daytime television talk show and has married actress Portia de Rossi. But don’t expect the two women to be called “Mommy.” They both do not want to have children.
As Samantha Jones on HBO’s “Sex and the City,” Kim Cattrall played the super confident, successful, highly sexual woman and in real life, Cattrall didn’t seem too far off from the character that she’s played. Cattrall has thrown herself into her work and has said she feels like her projects have become her children. “Being a biological mother just isn’t part of my experience this time around,” she said to “Oprah” magazine. “However, I am a mother who continues to give birth to ideas and ways of experiencing life that challenge the norm.
Actress Renee Zellweger has been linked to numerous men in Hollywood, including Jim Carrey and Bradley Cooper. She’s been married once but a few months after tying the knot to singer Kenny Chesney, it was annulled. Not looking to become a mother, the “Me, Myself & Irene” star likened parenthood to slavery. “My brother has two children now, so I’ve been playing aunt Renee,” she said. “They’re two and four. It’s chaos. Moms out there, kudos to you. The cool thing about being an aunt is like, I can leave. No offense to my big brother Drew, but that is slavery. I dare you to take a shower. You can’t do anything unless they let you. It’s a dictatorship. They’re little dictators in their crib.”
After a long run hosting “The Tonight Show,” Jay leno has stepped down and is enjoying spending more time at home with his wife. Married to Mavis since 1980, the comedian and his wife never had children because they just didn’t want any. But that didn’t stop Leno from writing the children’s book “If Roast Beef Could Fly.” Leno has also said he never spent any of the “Tonight Show” money and instead chooses to live off of his earnings from doing stand-up.
Australian singer Kylie Minogue may love children but don’t expect her to have any of her own. At the age of 36 she was diagnosed with breast cancer and, taking some time off from her career to receive treatment, the singer wrote a children’s book during her convalescence and also made her first public appearance after surgery to the cancer ward of a children’s hospital in Melbourne. But she told the German edition of “Vogue” magazine, “I never had the feeling I was made for a conventional marriage with a house in the suburbs.”
Few actors and actresses know the craft better than Helen Mirren. The legendary star has played numerous mothering characters on film but decided not to be a mother in real life. “I never felt the need for a child and never felt the loss of it,” she told “AARP” magazine. “I’d always put my work before anything.” She has also admitted that seeing an educational childbirth film as a teenager scarred her for life and scared her away from becoming pregnant.