This Is Why Fiona Apple Doesn't Have Any Children

Fiona Apple is a Grammy-winning singer, a star who's opened up about her struggles (including battling an eating disorder), and someone who's not afraid to speak her mind, even if she feels compelled to do so during an acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs. Beyond that, she's a famous figure who doesn't have children. And while some women won't admit they like remaining childless, or child-free, Apple is upfront about her choice — just like fellow stars, Dolly Parton and Kaley Cuoco.

When asked during a June 2012 chat with Interview magazine if she plans on having children, Apple answered honestly, saying, "No, I've never wanted kids." That's right, she simply doesn't want to have children. And she's certainly not alone. Americans are having fewer babies these days, according to a 2018 The New York Times report, thanks to the fact that "women have more options, for one," as well as the reality that "financial insecurity is altering a generation's choices."

However, while Apple is among many others who aren't interested in becoming parents, that doesn't mean that she's not interested in parenting.

Fiona Apple is 'big on self-parenting'

Fiona Apple may have no intention of becoming a mother, but that doesn't mean that she doesn't familiarize herself with the ins and outs of proper parenting. She told Interview magazine, "I somehow tend to read a lot about parenting and think a lot about parenting." Why? Well, in order to have a better relationship with herself. "For some reason [parenting is] very interesting to me," she explained. "I think because I'm just big on self-parenting."

Apple also discussed what she thinks she could offer in a parenting role. "I read this thing in a nautical book about how when ropes get frayed you'd use the whipping cords to fix the ends," she said. "The whole thing of the whipping cords is that, if I did have kids, I could either teach them how to stay out of trouble — or how to get out of trouble, which I think is more important. Because no matter how well prepared you are in life, you're gonna fall down a hole, and if you can fix the frayed ends of things, then you're better off."

That's the kind of lesson that we could all surely benefit from learning from a parental figure... or, in this case, a celebrity.