TV personality Ina Garten told Katie Couric why she and her husband, Jeffrey, decided not to have children in a new interview. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images
Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images

Ina Garten shares why she and her husband decided to not have children

Children aren’t for everybody, and that’s the case for Food Network star Ina Garten.

People reported that “The Barefoot Contessa” shared with with Katie Couric why she and her husband of 48 years, Jeffrey, decided  not to have children.

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“We decided not to have children,” she said on an episode of “The Katie Couric Podcast.” “I really appreciate that other people do and we will always have friends that have children that we are close to but it was a choice I made very early.”

“I really felt, I feel, that I would have never been able to have the life I’ve had,” she said. “So it’s a choice and that was the choice I made.”

Though there is sometimes a stigma surrounding couples that don’t have kids, Garten said she never felt judged by her peers for her decision.

“I never felt that people did,” she said. “I think the one thing that we miss is a lot of people’s friends are the parents of their kids’ friends. So we never had that connection with other people that I see, that network. But no I never felt judged by it. Maybe people did but I didn’t notice.”

Garten also shared her own piece of advice when it comes to a loving and long-lasting marriage.

“The secret is that you just take care of each other and admire each other and support each other and you get that back,” she said, adding, “If Jeffrey and I disagree on something — he always agrees with me!”

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