Having children can be an enormous source of joy to millions of people. Countless people dedicate their entire lives to ensuring their kids’ well-being and are happy to do so. And on a very basic level, that’s how it has to be for most people if humanity is to survive.
But having children isn’t for everyone. Some people make the personal decision to forego that, whether in service to their careers, for the sake of their personal independence, or from a recognition that they just aren’t cut out for parenthood.
Not everyone has to be the same. Recognizing this, many prominent celebrities have made the decision to be childless. And since we all love celebrity gossip, here are four celebrities who have decided to do just that and their reasons for doing so.
1. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston has probably endured more speculation, pressure, and gossiping about when and whether she’d have children than anyone else — especially back when she was married to Brad Pitt. But all of the pressure hasn’t led her to become a mother. If anything, it may have had the opposite effect.
“I don’t like the pressure that people put on me, on women — that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated,” she once said. “I don’t think it’s fair…”
It’s been continuously said about the former Friends star that she’s career-driven and selfish, but if she wants to focus her attention on her career, who has any right to judge her?
2. Miley Cyrus
Actress and music superstar Miley Cyrus has more philosophical reasons behind her decision to remain childfree, reasons that have to do with the state of the world and the environment.
“We just take and take and expect it [the planet] to keep producing,” she said. “And it’s exhausted. It can’t produce… I refuse to hand that down to my child.”
3. Leonardo DiCaprio
Unlike some of the other celebrities on this list, Leonardo DiCaprio has been rather more guarded about his decision not to have children. When speaking to Rolling Stone, he revealed that he doesn’t really have reasons for not having children. In fact, whether he ultimately has children or not is not something that he wishes to control.
“Do you mean do I want to bring children into a world like this? If it happens, it happens. I’d prefer not to get into specifics about it, just because then it becomes something that is misquoted.”
4. Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves actually tried to have children, but tragically, he lost both his unborn child and his fiancé within a very short span of time. Since then, he has simply accepted that it’s not his lot to have children.
“It’s too late. It’s over… I’m 52. I’m not going to have any kids,” he told Esquire in 2017 with an unmistakable wistfulness in his voice.