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80-Year-Old Lily Tomlin Reflects On Her Decision To Never Have Kids Based On The Advice Jane Fonda Gave Her

Date December 13, 2019

Whether or not Lily Tomlin has children is one question that often pops up in her fans' mind. As a successful and talented actress, it makes sense that people want to know as much as possible about her private life. And the good news is that she doesn't really mind sharing.

Earlier this year, she opened up to People about her marriage to Jane Wagner. Even though they have technically been married for six years, the couple has been together for 45 years overall which, in Hollywood standards, is quite a feat.

When a couple is as successful as these two, one may wonder how they make it work. Lily dished on some of her marital secrets including "admiration and respect."

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Lily Tomlin on having kids

Lily and Jane don't have children and some people may wonder why. Recently, she opened up to Kevin Nealon about what made her choose to be child-free.

She said:

I look at my behavior and I don’t think I could have done — I’m a Virgo, I should be a very good mother.

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She went on to explain how an observation made by fellow actress and pal Jane Fonda could form one of the bases for her decision.

I have no patience. [Jane Fonda] says I have no patience. She says, 'You’ve got to develop some patience.'

No regrets

In a separate interview with TheGuardian, Lily, once again, discussed her decision to not be a mother. When asked if she had regrets, she responded:

I mean, sometimes I think it would be nice to have somebody who looks like a replica of you in some fashion, but I don’t think it ever was an aspiration of mine.

On whether her wife agrees with the decision, Lily said:

In retrospect, we say every day, ‘I’m so glad we didn’t have any children.’ When I think of the world now, I don’t want to even deal with having to raise a child.

Now in her 80s, Lily is obviously convinced she made the right choice to not have children. And even though some people may not understand her reasoning, she and her wife are happy with their decisions in general and they have no reason to look back.

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