Meet Celebrities Who Never Had Kids

Celebs may have very busy schedules but it still comes as a surprise that some see their job as their baby. We have collected Hollywood A-Listers who are skipping the traditional parenting path. Many of these stars have actually shared their refreshing opinions on the topic... Read along!  

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22. George Clooney

You may be wondering why beau George Clooney is on this list... Well, before he married Amal he was a self-proclaimed lifelong bachelor. Back in 2011, he vowed that he would never get married again and for that matter, never have kids. However, this soon changed...

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The man who once said: 

"I've always known fatherhood wasn't for me. Raising kids is a huge commitment and has to be your top priority. For me, that priority is my work. That's why I'll never get married again."

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George Clooney completely changed his mind after meeting and consequently marrying humans rights lawyer, Amal. She must have worked some serious magic and back in 2017, they welcomed not only one but two children! These are of course their sweet twins, Alexander and Ella.

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21. Dolly Parton

Not everyone on this list is as open to change as George Clooney. In fact, most celebs who say they won't have kids, never do. Take Dolly Parton for example... The country icon might be the mother of the musical genre but she's never had little ones of her own.

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Despite this, Dolly has been a maternal figure to many of her fans and to her siblings and their kids. She shared this sweet comment about why she thinks she was never meant to be a mom: 

"I grew up in a big old family with eight kids younger than me and several of my brothers and sisters came to live with me early on in my life. I've loved their kids just like they're my grandkids, and now I've got great-grand-kids! They call me 'Aunt Granny.' Now I'm 'GeeGee,' which is great-granny. I often think, it just wasn't meant for me to have kids so everybody's kids can be mine."

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20. Jennifer Lawrence

This prestigious actress is still relatively young but she's been candid about her thoughts of having kids. Her mind has been in two places over the years but the Oscar winner has revealed something recently. She explained that the desire to be a mother is decreasing as she ages...

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She said:

"When I was 21 or 22 I was like, 'I can't wait to be a mother. Now I'm like...[shocked face]. They are actually getting less and less as I get older, which is starting to worry me. I don't think that's how it's supposed to work!"

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19. Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz has been pretty vocal about never feeling like motherhood is an obligation. The star who has become a household name on screens across the world explained that she doesn't personally feel drawn to being a mom. However, in surprising news, she gave birth in January of this year! 

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Along with her husband, Benji Madden, she announced the happy news on her Instagram. Back in 2014, she viewed having kids in a completely different way. This goes to show that its okay to change your mind and evolve as life happens. Her comment a few years ago included the following:

"It's so much more work to have children. To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for—I didn't take that on. That did make things easier for me. 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."

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She continued:

"I like protecting people, but I was never drawn to being a mother. I have it much easier than any of them. That's just what it is. Doesn't mean life isn't sometimes hard. I'm just what I am. I work on what I am. Right now, I think, things are good for me. I've done a lot. And I don't care anymore."

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18. Janeane Garofalo

This actress has become pretty well known for her roles in hits like Dogma, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, and The Matchmaker. While she enjoys life on the funny side, this comedian has spoken about why she chooses not to have kids and prefers mothering her fluffy companions. 

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Janeane is pretty content simply being a dog-mom and said:  

“As much as I enjoy other people’s children, my dogs have always been for me and my boyfriend our babies. I mean, we’re those types of people that people probably loathe if they overheard us the way we are with our dogs . . . But we both are very certain that not having married when we were younger and having children when we were younger was the right thing to do.”

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17. Helen Mirren

Leading lady Helen Mirren might seem like a typical mother figure but she and husband Taylor Hackford have opted not to grow their family of two. The star from The Queen, Red, Calendar Girls, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, and The Hundred-Foot Journey, made this statement about motherhood:  

“It was not my destiny, I kept thinking it would be, waiting for it to happen, but it never did, and I didn’t care what people thought … It was only boring old men [who would ask me].”

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16. Dita Von Teese

Known for her sultry burlesque performances, this actress simply adores kid but have never gotten around to it. While she is open to having children, it was her former spouse that made her realize, children should not be a priority. She said:  

"I was married to someone who was not cut-out to be a father. He could hardly take care of himself, let alone a child, so I changed my views, adapted accordingly, thought: It's okay not to have children. Now I'm just going to watch how my life unfolds and see what happens. I'm not going to be less of a person if I don't have children. It will work out the way it is supposed to."

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15. Kylie Minogue

Shes made waves on the international stage and been a hit songstress for decades, but being a mother never happened for Kylie Minogue. The superstar was invested in her career and as the years flew by, she was more a mother to her music and her fans, than anything else. 

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These days she thinks if she ever does have kids, it will probably be her partner's kids from their own former relationships. She shared her thoughts: 

"Of course I wonder what that would be like but, your destiny is your destiny and I can’t imagine, if by some miracle I got pregnant…at this point in my life, I wonder, could I even manage that? There’s a high probability, if/when I meet someone, that they will have children anyway. So I could imagine being a stepmum."

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14. Ashley Judd

This famed actress has been a hit on our screens for many years and she shows no signs of stopping. Ashley Judd's 2006 memoir shed some light on why the star never wanted to have her own kids. Her book, All That Is Bitter and Sweet, chronicled Ashley's thoughts on the topic as follows:  

“The fact is that I have chosen not to have children because I believe the children who are already here are really mine, too... There are [already] so many... children who need love, attention, time, and care.”

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She continued: 

“I have felt this way since I was at least eighteen and... through advocacy and service [we can] transform the world into a place where no child ever needs to be born into poverty... My belief has not changed. It is a big part of who I am.”

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13. Winona Ryder

While she is in her 40s, this beautiful actress looks as young as the day she first entered Hollywood. Why has she opted not to pass on her good genes? Well, its pretty simple actually. As Winona explained, she has many children in her life already, even if they are not her own.

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She shared the story:

"This is a little personal but I'm 42 and… Well, I was talking to my dad last year and saying, 'What if I can't have a kid?' and he said, 'There are other ways to have children in your life'. That's true—and I get these amazing doses with my brother's kids..."

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12. Ellen DeGeneres

Beloved talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, and her actress wife, Portia de Rossi, have also spoken out about why they never pursued motherhood. Both of them indicated that while they would be great parents, they prefer to shower love on their pets. Ellen put it like this:    

"We'd probably be great parents. But it's a human being and unless you think you have excellent skills and have a drive or yearning in you to do that, the amount of work that that is and responsibility—I wouldn't want to screw them up! We love our animals."

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Portia added her own comment: 

"You have to really want to have kids, and neither of us did. 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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11. Betty White

While she may seem like the grandma we all wish we could have, Betty White actually never had grandkids or kids. The veteran TV star has been pretty vocal about why she chose her career over a family of her own. She said:

"No, I've never regretted it. I'm so compulsive about stuff. I know that if I had ever gotten pregnant, of course, that would've been my whole focus. But I didn't choose to have children because I'm focused on my career and I don't think as compulsive as I am that I could manage both."

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10. Alison Brie

Alison Brie made her name known thanks to the amazing part she plays on GLOW. This show and her cats keep her super busy for now. While she has not ruled out having kids, it's not currently on the cards for this stellar actress. She said:

“It’s great because I don’t worry about when I should get pregnant—between seasons, while we’re shooting the show [GLOW]—I don’t think about it every day, 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 gosh, if it was a child!”

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9. Chelsea Handler

She has perfected the art of both comedy and acting but motherhood is not high up on her radar. Why? Well, she has been very open about her choices regarding her family life. She said:

“I definitely don’t want to have kids … I don’t think I’d be a great mother. I’m a great aunt or friend of a mother … I don’t want to spend that kind of time. I don’t want to have a kid and have it raised by a nanny. I don’t have time to raise a child.”

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