American media proprietor Oprah Winfrey revealed she does not regret her decision of not being a mother. In an recent interview, the show host said that she thinks she wouldn't be a good mother.
Winfrey told Good Housekeeping UK: "I didn't want babies. I wouldn't have been a good mom [sic] for babies. I don't have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that's a quick stage!"
The talk show host gave birth to a son at the age of 14, who died in the hospital just weeks after being born, is now a mother figure for thousands of children. Winfrey has her own way of doing things on a global scale for children - through her iconic talk show and also by founding the South African-based Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in 2007. The academy, which currently has 172 girls enrolled ― 20 of whom attend college in the United States.
While talking about her work and experience at the academy, Oprah said: "It is more rewarding than I would ever have imagined, I was doing this to help them, but it has brought a light to my life that I can't explain. 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. Love knows no boundaries. 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."
Winfrey also shared how she feels after losing 18 kgs of weight. She said: "[My weight] has been the go-to comfort for me. You use it as your coat and your shield, and it keeps you from doing things. You don't have to go to that party because you don't have a dress to wear and nothing is going to fit you.But the wonderful thing for me is that I reached a point where I no longer wanted to hide.I know that sounds strange for somebody who is in the public eye, but it was my shield and my shame."