Oprah Winfrey opens up about not having kids and what it’s like being mom to “the world’s children”

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2016 file photo, Oprah Winfrey attends the world premiere of "BOO! A Madea Halloween" in Los Angeles. Winfrey said she was initially in disbelief after she learned Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. Winfrey doesn't think Trump's victory was a repudiation of Obama. She credits his victory to his millions of supporters who felt like their voices had not been heard. Winfrey says she is keeping an "open mind." (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP, File)

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Oprah Winfrey only had a child once, at age 14, and he died just weeks later. She’s opened up about the issue to Good Housekeeping U.K. in their April issue, on sale next week.

“I didn’t want babies. I wouldn’t have been a good mom for babies,” Winfrey told . “I don’t have the patience. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage!”

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The media mogul then put joking aside and spoke about how she’s worked hard to help children all over the world feel loved. She plays mom to the girls at her world-class school in Johannesburg, South Africa called the Leadership Academy for Girls.

“When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children,” she said. “Love knows no boundaries. It doesn’t matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age two, 10 or 20. If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works.”

As for Winfrey’s boarding school, she called it “more rewarding that I would ever have imagined,” adding, “I was doing this to help them, but it has brought a light to my life that I can’t explain.”

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