“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,” she says.
“I really felt, I feel, that I would have never been able to have the life I’ve had. So it’s a choice and that was the choice I made.”
She also told Katie that she’s never felt judged for choosing a kid-free life, either. “I think the one thing that we miss is a lot of people’s friends are the parents of their kids’ friends,” she says. “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.”
If you’ve ever watched Ina cooking on Food Network, you’d know just how sweet her marriage with her longtime husband is. You’d also know exactly what “Jeffrey loves.” Their 48-year relationship began when she was a teen visiting her brother at Dartmouth College. She caught the eye of Jeffrey, who was also a student, and the rest is history.
Whether or not maintaining a childless marriage could be attributed to their lasting partnership, Ina says it’s all about mutual love and respect. “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 says.