13 Celebrities Who Say They Don't Want Kids
These stars are perfectly content with their lives as-is.
As adorable as celebrity babies and kids are, becoming a parent just isn't for everyone—including many of our favorite stars. While some people know they wouldn't feel as though their life was complete without having a little one (or more), other celebs are totally content to live without all of the responsibilities that come with starting a family, and they're not afraid to share how they feel with the world. Unfortunately, it's still mostly famous women who are asked about their procreation plans, but a couple of male stars have also spoken out about their decision not to have children. Read on for 13 celebrities who have said that they'll never have (or never wanted to have) kids of their own.
Back in 2019, Miley Cyrus declared in an interview with Elle that she isn't willing to have kids because of the mounting issues caused by climate change—unless, of course, something improves drastically with the planet soon.
"We're getting handed a piece-of-s*** planet, and I refuse to hand that down to my child," she explained. "Until I feel like my kid would live on an earth with fish in the water, I'm not bringing in another person to deal with that."
Tracee Ellis Ross
Black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross also has no plans to have children. She's spoken out against the pressure that is put on women to reproduce, telling Porter that she wished she'd been shown different possible paths in life beyond getting married and having kids.
"I wish I had known there were other choices, not just about how I could be living, but how I could feel about the way my life was," the actor said. "I was raised by society to dream of my wedding, but I wish I had been dreaming of my life. There are so many ways to curate happiness, find love and create a family, and we don't talk about them. It creates so much shame and judgment."
Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi has never wanted children—and fortunately, wife Ellen DeGeneres is in total agreement with her on this. Though DeGeneres did admit to People that she believes that they'd be "great parents" if they did have kids, she also said that it's too much responsibility to take on, and de Rossi told Out that they're happier without them.
"You have to really want to have kids, and neither of us did," she told the magazine in 2013. "So it's just going to be me and Ellen and no babies—but we're the best of friends and married life is blissful, it really is. I've never been happier than I am right now."
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Much like Cyrus, environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't believe that bringing kids into our world as it is today is a good idea. Though, when talking to Rolling Stone, he did leave some space for possibly changing his mind down the road.
"Do you mean do I want to bring children into a world like this?" he said. "If it happens, it happens. I'd prefer not to get into specifics about it, just because then it becomes something that is misquoted. But, yeah. I don't know… To articulate how I feel about it is just gonna be misunderstood."
Jennifer Lawrence, who has been married to Cooke Maroney since 2019, told E! in 2017 that the "pangs of motherhood" weren't exactly hitting her.
"Not at all. They are actually getting less and less as I get older, which is starting to worry me," she said. "I don't think that's how it's supposed to work!"
Oprah Winfrey has been outspoken about the fact that she sees no need to marry longtime partner Stedman Graham, and she isn't shy about sharing that kids were never part of her plan either. Instead, she scratches that itch in a different way.
"I have not had one regret about that. I also believe that part of the reason why I don't have regrets is because I got to fulfill it in the way that was best for me: the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa," Winfrey told People. "Those girls fill that maternal fold that I perhaps would have had. In fact, they overfill—I'm overflowed with maternal."
Count GLOW star Alison Brie and husband Dave Franco among the celebrity couples who won't become parents. As she told The Sunday Times, she prefers to stay focused on her work and her pets.
"I don't really want to have kids. It's great because I don't worry about when I should get pregnant," she said. "It would be nice, but I think of all the things that would be so stressful. I think about how much we're involved in our cats' lives. Oh my God, if it was a child!"
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Renée Zellweger has said that she simply doesn't need to have kids to be happy, though she's open to wherever life takes her.
"I've never really thought like that about anything in my life, really. I've always been kind of open to whatever. Maybe curious… about to see what's next," she told Extra in 2016. "I've never been deliberate about what would make me happy in my life."
Seth Rogen told Howard Stern while visiting his radio show in May that he and wife Lauren Miller are good without kids—in fact, she "wants them less" than he does.
"I don't know anyone who gets as much happiness out of their kids as we get out of our non-kids," he said on the show, as reported by People. "Like, we're f***ing psyched all the time!…If we had kids, we could not be f***ing doing this."
Comedian Chelsea Handler wrote in an essay for InStyle that she figured out a long time ago that she never wanted to be a mom.
"I always knew conventional motherhood wasn't for me. I'm not into babies; I'm only interested in kids once they start talking," she said. "Truthfully, when a friend has a baby, I know that our friendship will probably take a hit. I'll be supportive, but we'll need a time-out while they're off dealing with said progeny."
Though Helen Mirren did admit that watching the movie Parenthood made her wish for a split second that she had some little ones running around, she also told The Sunday Times that she's been happy without them.
"I have never had a moment of regret about not having children," she said.
Dolly Parton, who has a nonprofit that provides free books to children, has said that work and philanthropy were her calling—not having her own kids.
"I didn't have children because I believed that God didn't mean for me to have kids so everybody's kids could be mine, so I could do things like Imagination Library because if I hadn't had the freedom to work, I wouldn't have done all the things I've done," she said during an interview with Winfrey. "I wouldn't be in a position to do all of the things I'm doing now."
Though the topic of kids is something that comes up often in interviews with Jennifer Aniston, she's pushed back against the obsession with her choioces.
"[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. I don't think it's fair," Aniston told Allure in 2014. "You may not have a child come out of your vagina, but that doesn't mean you aren't mothering—dogs, friends, friends' children."