Ian McKellen explains his choice not to have kids


Sir Ian opened up about being childless. He explained that he is just not responsible enough for parenting. The actor, who is known for charity work and philanthropy, calls himself to be too concentrated on himself and even selfish to take care of somebody else. I don’t feel anything about it, really. I think I’ve always known I wouldn’t have children, because I’m gay. That wouldn’t have been true today, would it?’McKellen told Irish Times, ‘I don’t feel I’ve got a responsibility to produce another McKellen. […] My contribution has been of another sort.’

‘Bringing up children is the most dreadfully difficult thing to do, and so few people are good at it. I’m far too selfish. I mean, I know parenthood can change people’s personalities in a good way. But I find it difficult making decisions about my own life’, he clarified furthermore, ‘To have to make decisions about someone who’s dependent on you… I can see it would be very alluring to look into the eyes of a little boy or girl who looked like oneself. That must be extraordinary, and reassuring in some way. But I don’t look to my legacy, I suppose that’s what makes me different from a lot of people.’


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