Chelsea Handler isn’t interested in becoming a mom now — and she’s thankful she was never encouraged to become one as a teenager.
The Chelsea Lately alum, 47, spoke to hosts Monica Padman and Liz Plank on their fertility-focused podcast Race to 35 about living a child-free lifestyle. She shared that there was a point, when she inadvertently became pregnant at 16, where she seriously considered having children.
“I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m going to be a mom.’ I was hoping for twins. I was 16 and a bitch.” The manager explained. “I chose names for the twins. There were no twins, but in my mind I would have twins. And my mother said: “You will not become a mother, you will have an abortion and many years later you will thank me.” And she was right. I wasn’t ready. But that was the only time I had enough arrogance to say, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea.””
Handler said now, if she became pregnant, she would choose to have an abortion.
Earlier in the podcast, the talk show host said she feels she can help the world better if she doesn’t have kids of her own. She noted that parents will often focus on getting the best for their children, exclusively, but as someone without her own children she can “contribute to my family, my grandchildren, by being available to them.”
Handler explained, “A lot of people who think they’re smart and liberal and have their thing together are really thinking about their nuclear family more than they’re thinking in a broader perspective … Obviously there are people who aren’t It’s not, I have many friends who are more well-rounded than that, but it’s quite a complicated undertaking.
Another benefit of not having children? Never having to go to Disneyland.
“I went to Disneyland when I was 5 or 6 – I felt like my intelligence was under attack because I couldn’t believe how loud the place was,” she said. “And I made a vow to myself that I would never have a child, so I would never have to go back. I don’t know if I knew [at the time]. But I had an instinct and that instinct has stayed with me.
Handler has previously spoken about the benefits of not having children with landlords Madam Band podcast on his podcast, called Dear Chelsea.
“I have a lot of availability not only for my nephews and nieces… but for other children in the world, because I don’t have mine. If I had mine, I’d be all over them,” she said at the time. “I look at it this way: because I don’t have my own kids, I’m able to send strangers to college. I’m able to support kids I won’t meet never, in countries I will never visit. But I am able to give so much because I don’t have my family and for me that is my purpose. I would be a fucking mother. I would be selfish. I wish everything would be fine for my child and forget me than all the other children in the world.
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