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10 Celebrities Without Kids Open Up About Why They Chose Not To Be Parents

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Starting a family or deciding not to have children is not an easy decision. We are often raised that the societal norm is to fall in love, get married and have kids - in that order.

While that may be the common path for some, it doesn't apply to everyone. Some people choose to never marry and remain in long-term relationships without ever saying "I Do".

Others plan to focus their energy into their careers, charity work and hobbies that improve the quality of their lives.

Find out which celebrities have chosen to avoid growing their families and why. Some of these may surprise you!

Oprah Winfrey

It's no secret that Oprah does not have any children. She never married, despite being with her boyfriend, Stedman Graham, since 1986.

The couple never wed, because Oprah didn't feel that she could handle the responsibilities that title holds.

“If you ever interviewed him, he would tell you that had we married, we would not be together today,” Oprah said of Stedman. “Because he’s a traditional man and this is a very untraditional relationship.”

Not having children was something that Oprah settled on early in life. In seventh grade, while her friend wrote out the names of her children in Home Ec class, she had other ideas.

"While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King."

She is still certain that was is the right choice for her.

"If I had kids, my kids would hate me. 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," she said.

Her decision to not marry and not have children goes against so many societal norms. But it seems to have worked for her proving that you can rise from poverty and abuse to becoming a household name.

Jennifer Aniston

You may remember seeing her on the cover of many tabloid magazines claiming that she was pregnant. As it turns out, none of those rumors were never true.

Fed up with the constant discussion around her having children, she put an end to the rumors in an interview and is not shy about her feelings on motherhood.

"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," she told Allure.

She goes on to explain that mothering is more than just making and raising little humans of your own.

"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," she said.

You can imagine how ticked off she gets when people keep bringing up the subject and criticizing her decision.

"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."

Jay Leno

Jay Leno and his wife, Mavis have opted to be child-free. The comedian's long-time wife, who is 4 years his senior, takes full credit for the couple's decision not to have children.

After watching The Honeymooners when she was a young girl, it influence the decision that impacted their lives.

“I would see a young woman who was very attractive, and a thousand times smarter, and she’s living in this little tenement hovel with her husband, Ralph, and then this Ed Norton, who has an even hotter wife,” Mavis said. “These men spend all their time talking about what a drag the wives are and asking how can they get away from them. It’s perfectly obvious the women are the ones trapped.”

Not only did she not want to have children, she also never wanted to marry.

“I remember telling my mother when I was 7 or 8 that I was never going to get married or have children,” continued Mavis. “To me, this is the way women get caught.”

She changed her mind about marriage, but never changed her stance on growing their family.

Next we find out why another talk show host and several actresses have opted to not have children.

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