Cameron Diaz: “I Was Never Drawn To Being a Mother”

Cameron Diaz graces the August issue of Esquire and tells the men’s magazine about her decision not to have kids.

“It’s so much more work to have children,” Diaz confesses. “To have lives besides your own that you are responsible for — I didn’t take that on. That did make things easier for me. A baby — that’s all day, every day for eighteen years.”

The 41-year-old actress gets even more personal.

“I like protecting people, but I was never drawn to being a mother,” she added. “I have it much easier than any of them. That’s just what it is. Doesn’t mean life isn’t sometimes hard. I’m just what I am. I work on what I am. Right now, I think, things are good for me. I’ve done a lot. And I don’t care anymore.”

The blonde star said, “I like being forty-one. I love it,” she said. “So much sh– just falls away. Fear, mostly. It’s the best age. That’s when a woman knows how to work things, or she doesn’t care about that anymore. You just stop being afraid. You don’t worry about what men think. You just don’t worry that time registers anything awful.”

Esquire’s August issue is on newsstands July 8th.

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  1. Mel From STL

    I TOTALLY agree with Cameron! It’s nice to hear someone admit that motherhood isn’t for everyone! And I totally agree when she says 41 is the best age. At 40 I no longer care what others think and little stuff doesn’t bother me. You go girl!

  2. SiervaMaria

    I seriously appreciate her candor and honesty. She knows who she is and she isn’t interested in pretending otherwise. It hasn’t kept me up at night but it has bothered me that Jennifer Aniston has allowed the tabloids to STILL impregnate her once a week for the last decade almost when I think motherhood really has never been high on her list of desires. It’s ok women! Although I wanted to be a mom does not mean I believed just because you can, you should.

  3. Anonymous

    I love how honest she is in this interview. Good for you Cameron, for knowing yourself so well. I’m sure we all know plenty of couples who should of never had children because a) they most likely didn’t want a child/children and were pushed into having them by family/friends/society and/or b) they had/want to have ’em for all the wrong reasons and/or c) they’re simply unfit to be a parent.

    Most people just don’t seem to realize that having a child/children *IS A CHOICE*! You’re not a bad or selfish person if you don’t want ’em. + In my opinion children should be seen as a privilege, not a right. Our society is just wayyy too baby obsessed/kid centric…. it’s scary sometimes. :/

  4. Deb

    Why is this a story on here? Good for her knowing what she wants(or doesn’t want,though!)

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