25 Celebrities Who Have Decided Never To Have Kids And Their Reasons Are Truly Enlightening

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Sooo, Drew Barrymore asked John Cena "where he was at" with having children because he would make "the world's best father" and John gave a very introspective answer.

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John said, “It’s hard work. It’s hard work to balance the time I need to run myself correctly. It’s hard work to be the best partner and husband I can be to my loving wife. It's hard to keep connections with those in my life that I love. And it's also hard to put in an honest day's work."

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“This is just my perspective, I think just because you might be good at something, for me, is not a strong enough reason to do that. You have to have a passion for it. You have to have a fuel for it. It’s like saying to somebody, ‘Man, you know you are a pretty good with your hands. You'd be a great carpenter.’”

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He finished off the question by saying, "It is difficult water to tread because everyone is like when? I just know not right now."

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John isn't the only "child-free" celebrity, here are 24 other celebrities who decided to not breed.

1.Stevie Nicks

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She told In Style, "It's like, Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover? With kids, your focus changes. I don't want to go to PTA meetings."

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2.Christopher Walken

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When asked by the Guardian if his career would have been possible if he had children he responded: "Absolutely not."

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3.Keanu Reeves

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When asked by Esquire if he was ever going to settle down, Keanu said, "I'm 52. I'm not going to have any kids."

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4.Dolly Parton

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She told Oprah via Today, "Since I had no kids and my husband was pretty independent, I had freedom. So I think a big part of my whole success is the fact that I was free to work."

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5.Oprah and Stedman

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She told People magazine about their decision not to have kids: "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."

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6.Issa Rae and Louis Diame

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She told Self magazine she doesn't know if she'll ever have kids: "I like my life, I like this selfishness, and I know that I have a window."

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7.Allen Ludden and Betty White

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They were married from 1963 until Allen's death in 1981.

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Betty told CBS in 2012, "No, I've never regretted it. I'm so compulsive about stuff, I know if I had ever gotten pregnant, of course, that would have been my whole focus. But I didn't choose to have children because I'm focused on my career. And I just don't think, as compulsive as I am, that I could manage both."

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8.Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin

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Lily told Metro Weekly she was glad she never had kids: "God only knows what I would have done with them, poor things. I really do like kids, but there wouldn’t have been room in my life to raise children."

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9.Jon Hamm

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He told Mr Porter, "I don't think it's necessarily an imperative. I'm not going to psychoanalyze myself here, but…well, never say never. I've got nieces and nephews and I've been a teacher. I've probably been around kids a lot more than all my friends. I feel if you shut that off entirely, you calcify. You turn into that guy."

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10.Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

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Megan told GQ, "I never had a burning desire to have children. But then I met Nick, and I thought, This is the only person I’d do this with. So we tried, but I was a little long in the tooth for that sort of thing. But we didn’t turn it into a soap opera. We tried for about a year or so and it didn’t happen, and took that to mean it wasn’t meant to be."

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11.Ricky Gervais

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He told Ellen DeGeneres (via Hello magazine), "I'd worry sick about a baby. I have a cat and I worry about that. I check the door three times before I go out. I put food and water in every room in case the door closes and he's peckish for 20 minutes."

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12.Ina Garten

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She told Katie Couric on her podcast (via ET) about her choice not to have kids: "I really felt — I feel — that I would have never been able to have the life I've had. And so it's a choice, and that was the choice I made."

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13.Sandra Oh

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She told Marie Claire, "I have an extremely fulfilling life as an aunt, not only to my nieces and nephews but also to a lot of my friends’ children."

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14.Seth Rogen

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He told Howard Stern (via the Independent), "I don’t know anyone who gets as much happiness out of their kids as we get out of our nonkids. Like, we’re fucking psyched all the time! We’re laying in bed on Saturday mornings smoking weed, watching movies naked. If we had kids, we could not be fucking doing this.”

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15.Kim Cattrall

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She thought about starting IVF treatments after marrying her third husband, but her schedule for Sex and the City was too chaotic.

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16.Allison Janney

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She told Drew Barrymore (via Today), "I wasn't ever really confident that I wanted to have kids, and I would rather regret not having kids than have kids and regret it."

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17.Sarah Paulson

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When asked about having kids, Sarah said, "I don’t know. I’m getting a little old, so there’s cobwebs going on in them ovaries."

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18.Marisa Tomei

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She told Glamour UK that she “[doesn’t] know why women need to have children to be seen as complete human beings.”

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19.Brendon Urie

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In a 2015 Periscope, Brendon and his wife, Sarah, said they didn't want a child.

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He joked on a Twitch stream, "I think your kid sucks. You think your kid's a superstar and a genius, I think they're dumb."

20.Anjelica Huston

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She told the Guardian about her decision not to have kids, "I would probably have been miserable."

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21.Tracee Ellis Ross

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She told Marie Claire, "Our society spoon-feeds it to you. I used to put myself to sleep dreaming of my wedding, and I would still love all of that, but what am I going to do, just sit around waiting? Shut up. I’ve got so many things to do.”

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22.Rachael Ray

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She told People magazine, "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."

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23.Helen Mirren

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She told British Vogue (via Vanity Fair), "[Motherhood] 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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24.Jennifer Aniston

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She wrote for HuffPost, "We are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child. We get to decide for ourselves what is beautiful when it comes to our bodies. That decision is ours and ours alone."

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