Oprah Winfrey is a mother to the children of the world. The television personality tells Good Housekeeping why she decided against having children of her own.

“I didn’t want babies,” Oprah says. “I wouldn’t have been a good mom for babies.” Patience is the central reason why Winfrey opts to be a motherly figure in the world. “I don’t have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage,” she exclaims.


“When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, 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,” Oprah adds. “Love knows no boundaries,” she explains. “It doesn’t matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age two, 10 or 20. If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works.”

Oprah works with children who attend her boarding school overseas. “It is more rewarding that I would ever have imagined,” the television personality tells media. “I was doing this to help them, but it has brought a light to my life that I can’t explain.”

Read Oprah’s full interview in the April issue of Good Housekeeping on newsstands March 1, 2017!



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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