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12 Celebrities on Why They Choose Not to Have Kids

Cameron Diaz made big news this month — not for her upcoming role in the adult comedy Sex Tape, not for her rumored romance with Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden, and not for some philanthropic endeavor. Nope, she made headlines for “coming” out as a member of the “No, I’m not going to have kids…ever” club.

So what’s the big deal? She, like many women, has opted to live a childfree life. Why all the fuss?

Many people seem bewildered when celebrity women choose not to procreate, especially since they happen to be gloriously gifted with good genes and blessed with massive bank accounts to support a family.

But as we all know, becoming a parent isn’t for everyone. Being a mother is a BIG deal; it’s a job that takes more energy, responsibility and intensity than any day job, be it acting, singing, cooking, race car driving or even heading up a global brand. A job is temporary, a child is forever.

These childless celebrities aren’t being selfish for refusing to gift the world the fruit of their loins, they’re making the sober and heartfelt decision that they don’t have the passion, bandwidth, or motherly urge to be mothers.

See what these 12 stars had to say about why they’re opting out of parenthood:

Cameron Diaz 1 of 12
“It's so much more work to have children," the 41-year-old actress told Esquire. "To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for – I didn't take that on. ... A baby – that's all day, every day for 18 years. Not having a baby might really make things easier, but that doesn't make it an easy decision.”

Source: People Magazine

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News
Oprah Winfrey 2 of 12
“If I had kids, my kids would hate me," said Winfrey, 60. "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.”

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News
Chelsea Handler 3 of 12
The TV host is clear on one thing: "I definitely don't want to have kids."

"I don't think I'd be a great mother," says Handler, 39. "I don't want to have a kid and have it raised by a nanny. I don't have the time to raise a child myself."

Source: Ok Magazine

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News
Helen Mirren 4 of 12
“It was not my destiny," says the Academy-award winning actress. I kept thinking it would be, waiting for it to happen, but it never did, and I didn’t care what people thought.”

Source: The Telegraph

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News
Octavia Spencer 5 of 12
"I should be married and have 19 kids," says Spencer, 44. "And now I'm thinking my eggs are dying on the shelf. They're going to go past their expiration date. But it's what I chose, so I'm fine with that decision."

Source: Us Weekly

Photo source: Facebook
Janeane Garofalo 6 of 12
Here's what the 49-year-old comedian had to say: "I thought that I did. Now I realize that I don't. People think that you are a nasty, selfish person if you don't want to have children."

Source: Hollyscoop

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News
Portia de Rossi 7 of 12
"You have to really want to have kids, and neither of us did," says the 41-year-old actress. "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.”

Source: Out Magazine

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News
Zooey Deschanel 8 of 12
“[Having kids has] never been my focus. My sister was always very motherly, babysitting and stuff. I like kids, and I like being around kids, but it was never an ambition, something, like, I need … I like working. That’s what I like doing. I like to work.”

Source: ABC News

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News
Renee Zellweger 9 of 12
"Motherhood has never been an ambition," said Zellweger, 45. "I don't think like that. My brother has two children now, so I've been playing Aunt Renee. They're two and four. It's chaos. Moms out there, kudos to you. The cool thing about being an aunt is like, I can leave. No offense to my big brother Drew, but that is slavery. I dare you to take a shower. You can't do anything unless they let you. It's a dictatorship. They're little dictators in their crib.”

Source: MSN ; Babycenter

Photo source: Pacific Coast News
Rachel Ray 10 of 12
"I don't have time. I work too much to be an appropriate parent. I feel like a bad mom to my dog some days because I'm just not here enough. I just feel like I would do a bad job if I actually took the time to literally give birth to a kid right now and try and juggle everything I'm doing."

Source: People Magazine

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News
Danica Patrick 11 of 12
When asked if she’d have kids, the 32-year-old race car driver replied, "Not really. As in, 'No!' I'm not someone who has a strong yearning for kids at all ... I think more all the time that looks hard, that looks difficult, that looks like something I'm not ready for and doesn't interest me at this point."

Source: USA Today

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News
Margaret Cho 12 of 12
"I don’t have children, and I am not sure if I have wanted them or never wanted them," the 45-year-old comedian wrote on her blog. "It’s weird not to be able to decide. I don’t know if I could stand that kind of commitment, or if I am really honest, I don’t think that I could handle being that vulnerable to someone else."

Photo credit: Pacific Coast News
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