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Oprah: 'If I Had Kids, My Kids Would Hate Me'

Noelle Talmon Noelle Talmon
December 12th, 2013 5:04pm EST

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Oprah Winfrey has opened up about why she never had any children. The TV mogul believes if she had kids her success would have made a negative impact on them.

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."

At age 14, Winfrey gave birth to a baby boy after years of sexual abuse. Her son died tragically a few weeks later.

In 2011, she opened up about her traumatic childhood, confessing: "Getting pregnant was a result of bad choices, not having boundaries, sexual abuse from the time I was nine, 10, 11, 12 and 13."

Winfrey added: "When the baby died, I knew that it was my second chance."

Winfrey, 59, also compared herself to BFF Gayle King while they were growing up together and how they had different aspirations. "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," she told HR.

On Wednesday, Oprah was presented with the coveted Sherry Lansing Leadership Award during the 22nd annual Women in Entertainment breakfast in Beverly Hills.

Maria Shriver read a tribute poem she had written for the occasion, and Oprah said, "That beats a eulogy, I gotta tell you... You're still alive to hear it! Everybody needs friends like that. I hope you have some."

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