Ina Garten from 'Barefoot Contessa' Once Opened up about Why She Never Wanted to Have Kids
Food Network show host, Ina Garten, once opened up about her decision to not have any kids with her husband, Jeffrey Garten.
In a 2017 podcast Interview with Katie Couric, Garten openly discussed her choice not to have kids, and what led to the decision. She said:
"It's a choice, and that was the choice I made. I really felt that I would have never been able to have the life I've had."
Garten added that although she appreciated that other people went on to have children, she remained staunch on her decision. She said that people often missed the glaring fact that most parents only had friends who were the parents of their kids' friends.
The author was appalled that people did not get to make broader connections because they were held down by their children. She assured that she never judged others based on their decisions but explained that she would not have her life any other way.
Katie asked Garten if she had ever felt judged by other parents, the celebrity chef denied ever being viewed condescendingly.
She admitted that most couples who made the decision often suffered pressure from family, but that had never been the case in her supportive family. Describing the rapport between her and her husband, Ina said:
"We never had that connection with other people I see… I never felt judged by it. Maybe [they] did, but I didn't notice."
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The Garten's home has been pet-free and child-free for the decades the pair has been together. The couple had been married for over three decades, and they are still very much in love.
The show host did not believe children had anything to do with the success of her marriage but, in fact, believed that it let them have more time for each other.
Jeffrey saw her walking around the Dartmouth campus and wondered aloud who she was. From that day, a beautiful journey began.
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I’m so happy to tell you - my next book Modern Comfort Food will be available this October!! This book is filled with seriously satisfying recipes that you’ll want to make for yourself and the people you love. The Boston Cream Pie alone will make you a hero in your house! In these anxious times, who doesn’t want a little comfort?? You can preorder the book through the link in my profile!! xxxxx Ina
The absence of children has not made the "Barefoot Contessa" host feel like she is missing anything in life. Her husband, she said, is enough, and he continues to inspire her every day.