Saturday, June 4, 2011

Childfree Celebrity Spotlight: Danica Patrick

29 year old IndyCar and NASCAR driver, Danica Patrick, has no desire for the "have it all" lifestyle of career and motherhood.  She recently told a reporter she has no  interest in having kids now or in the future.

“I think it is something which is probably not for me at this point and realistically, I don’t know when that point would ever be.  My focus is on racing and of course I have a lot of outside interests which take up my time.”

“I am not someone who has a strong yearning for kids at all,” she told USA Today. “I see all my friends with kids. I will get up at 10 a.m. and text them and they’ll say ‘Ha, funny. One of my sons was in my room at 5.30 in the morning so I can’t say I slept until 10.’ That’s just their life.

"My sister did her eighth-grade graduation poster on what she wanted to do when she grew up, and it said, 'A mom!' That's definitely not what mine said."

"The only thing I plan long term on are things outside of the car, outside interests or things I want to do with my husband."

Want to see what other celebrities are childfree by choice? Check out my list and be sure to let me know if you learn of others so I can be sure to add them!


Anonymous said...

Good for her!

Dave said...

Kudos to her. We need more and more well-regarded celebrities declaring their "childfreedom" so it will become more and more acceptable for everyone else to make this lifestyle choice.

Now if we can get a childfree USA president.....

Believe said...

I'll try to keep this brief and not too detailed for fear of my relative seeing this, but I need to get this off my chest. I am a fairly young person and got bingoed when my relative and this person's spouse were informed I didn't want any children. The bingoes I got were:

a. who's going to take care of you when you're old?

b. when you get older you don't want to (insert sort of juvenile and not the most meaningful/beautiful activity to do on this earth). you get tired of certain things.

c. it's unconditional love.

d. when you're older you're friends will have kids and you won't have people to hang out with.

e. "you're having kids." (in a tone implying, "please. this conversation is ridiculous."

My responses/thoughts on these issues are:

a. while i never thought that this response was logical, i was never clever enough to come up with this answer that you smart people have mentioned- that i'll have money saved from not having kids to take care of me.
thought: why would i suffer through parenthood so that when i am 80 and senile i will half remember the kids who MAY visit me?

b. thought: there are more important things to do. life besides kids doesn't revolve around these type of college activities. also, this implies that people who don't have kids are juvenile. and maybe because you're an uncreative and uninspired person you think that kids was the answer.

c. unconditional, more like on a blog i read that it's more biological need. very true. besides, i don't need a smile from a baby who has no idea what's going on to validate having kids.

d. i told her this is not a reason to have kids and she said no it's not in an understanding tone, but why bring it up amidst this conversation?

e. thought: I really despise close mindedness.
some people say that misery loves company, but in this case i don't think this is what's happening. i think some people need to cover their asses and make sure to appear loving parenthood, while simultaneously convincing themselves deciding on parenthood wasn't a mistake.

Believe said...

I forgot to add that i do not want to lump all parents together. surely some enjoy raising kids and others don't. i don't like being categorized and i won't do it to others either.

Spectra said...

She definitely strikes me as the type of person who has better things to do than feed and diaper babies all day long. Good for her--I would much rather race fast cars than be a mom, too.

miya said...

It's so refreshing to hear this, good for her!

Violet said...

anyone with fertile eggs and a uterus can be a mom.
it takes a special woman to smoke the men on a pro racetrack.

now that's a giant leap for women!

danica- 1,
jealous mommies- 0

[and she's lovely too]

shell said...

I'm older and have seen people raise kids and then the kids turn out to be flakes or on drugs or just not interested in helping care for the parents as they get older! I would not want anyone taking care of me because they felt "obligated". Would you-? I have enough $$ to pay professionals to take care of me if and when I should need it. I also have my sanity and have lived a very much less stressed out life than my friends who were parents.

NoniWork said...

I admire Danica. She's in an industry that tends to be full of (and watched by) backwards hicks. I say this because I live in hicksville, and am related to hicks. These are people who do not like (among other things) women stepping out of traditional gender roles.