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As one of the most successful stars in Hollywood Cameron Diaz is a role model for the childfree

By Nina Steele 

Cameron DiazAt 44, Cameron Diaz is one of the most successful and highest paid movie stars in Hollywood. Unlike many of her female counterparts, whose careers often start declining the closer they get to 40, hers seems to be going from strength to strength. Not only that, as a childfree woman in a child obsessed culture, her childlessness has never seem much of an issue.

As I have written before, it is widely accepted that having babies is seen as a career boost for celebrities. If you happen to be a female celebrity who is not yet a mother, it helps to make it known every so often that you have either been trying for a while, or that it is definitely on the cards.

Cameron Diaz seems to have managed to get on with her career with less scrutiny about her motherhood prospects, than many other female celebrities of the same standing. For one thing, the fact that she has consistently remained successful, and his “reportedly the highest-paid actress over 40”, must have played a part in the media choosing to overlook that aspect of her life, to a certain extent.

Indeed, even though her success may have shielded her from intense scrutiny, the question of motherhood does come up every so often. In one interview, when asked about her thoughts on motherhood, she said: “I’ve never said never to anything in life. If I wanted kids, at any point in life, I would have them. But I’m certain that if at any point I wanted a child, that child would find its way into my life, whether through adoption, or through being in a relationship with somebody who has a child. I can’t see the future, but one thing I do know is that I’m not childless. I have a ton of children in my life. I can have a kid any second, if I want. All my friends would be like, sure, come and get them”.

Predictably, her recent marriage to Benji Madden sparked many false pregnancy rumours, including that she was expecting twins. As Denzel Washington said in an interview recently, it’s no longer about facts when it comes to celebrity stories, instead, it is all about who can get the story out first.

As it turned out, Cameron Diaz is not pregnant. She is just like many childfree people, getting on and making the most of her life. I wish her well, whatever she chooses to do in the future.

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