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Ina Garten Just Revealed Why She And Jeffrey Never Had Children

So many women can relate to her reasoning.
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Over the years, we've seen Ina Garten share a lot of her life on TV and learned a lot about her. She has a bevy of famous friends like Taylor Swift, Alec Baldwin, Michelle Obama and a highly covetable relationship with husband Jeffrey (even Stephen Colbert wants in). But one thing we've never seen is Ina with children. And the reason why is simple: She doesn't have any—a choice she and Jeffrey made early in their marriage. Now, she's finally revealing why.

48 years and I'm just getting started! ??????

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According to People, Garten opened up in an interview on the Katie Couric Podcast: "I really felt, I feel, that I would have never been able to have the life I've had," she told Couric. "So it's a choice, and that was the choice I made."

Garten also touched on the stigma that surrounds women who decide not to become mothers. She and Jeffrey met at Dartmouth College ("He saw me walking around the campus and he said to his roommate, 'I wonder who that girl is,'" Garten recalled) and married in 1968, a year when gender stereotypes were decidedly less progressive than they are today. Even so, Garten says she never felt criticized. "I never felt judged by it—maybe people did but I didn't notice," she said on the podcast, adding that the only thing she missed out on was the camaraderie between the parents of kids' friends.

We can't help but respect Garten for opening up about her choice—and thank her, too. Can you imagine a world without the Barefoot Contessa? Yeah, neither can we!

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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