Fiona Apple is a Grammy-winning singer, a star who spoke about her issues (including fighting an eating disorder), and someone who isn’t afraid to speak her mind, even if she feels compelled to do so during an acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs.
Beyond that, she is a famous figure who has no children. And while some women won’t admit that they like to be childless, Apple is sincere about her choice, as are other partners, Dolly Parton and Kaley Cuoco.
When asked during a June 2012 chat with Interview Magazine if she plans to have children, Apple answered honestly, saying, “No, I have never wanted children.” That’s right, she just doesn’t want to have children. And she is certainly not alone.
Americans are having fewer babies these days, according to a 2018 New York Times report, thanks to the fact that “women have more options, for one,” as well as the reality is that “financial insecurity is altering options of a generation”.
However, while Apple is among many others who are not interested in becoming parents, that does not mean that she is not interested in parenting.
Fiona Apple is ‘great at self-parenting’
Fiona Apple may not have the intention of becoming a mother, but that does not mean that she is not familiar with the ins and outs of proper parenting. She said Interview magazine, “Somehow I tend to read a lot about parenting and think a lot about parenting. Why? Well, to have a better relationship with yourself. For some reason [parenting is] very interesting to me,” she explained. “I think because I am great at self-parenting.”
Apple also discussed what she thinks she could offer in a parenting role. “I read this in a nautical book about how when the ropes fray, you use the cables to fix the ends,” she said.
“The whole thing about whipping is that if I had kids, I could 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 going to fall through a hole, and if you can fix the frayed ends of things, then you’re better off.”
That’s the kind of lesson that everyone could surely benefit from learning from a father figure … or, in this case, a celebrity.