Oprah: My kids would have hated me
Oprah Winfrey has said she has no regrets about not having children because her busy career came first in her life.
The 59-year-old talk show host actress and businesswoman has famously never married or started a family, although she has been in a relationship with businessman Stedman Graham since 1986.
Oprah was honoured with a leadership award at The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel where guests included Jane Fonda, Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
She told The Hollywood Reporter: "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."
The Butler star revealed even as a child, the idea of starting a family one day was far from her mind.
Referring to her best friend and mother of two Gayle King, Oprah said: "Gayle was the kind of kid who, in seventh grade Home Ec class, was writing down her name and the names of her children. While she was having those kind of daydreams, I was having daydreams about how I could be Martin Luther King."
But despite not being a mother, Oprah dedicates a great deal of time to the students attending the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, the school which she opened in 2007 and to which she has contributed more than 100 million dollars.
She revealed she begins her day every morning emailing the girls.
"I'm responding to everything from 'I'm feeling lost' to 'I need advice about a boy'," she revealed.