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Shonda Rhimes Shares Her Personal Epiphany about Marriage With Oprah


Shonda Rhimes recently sat down with Oprah for a candid conversation about marriage on OWN's latest episode of "SuperSoul Sunday."

The two television powerhouses discussed why they decided not to marry, despite societal pressures.
"[It] feels obvious and maybe silly or something to people who are married or people who are older, people who have been through it," Rhimes told Oprah. "But if you're a woman in your thirties or forties, that's a big deal. Everybody's asking you all the time if it's going to happen ... There's a huge amount of pressure."

Rhimes also noted that although marriage isn't for her, she has always wanted to be a mother.

"I'm one of those people, since I was 5, I could tell you I was going to have kids. I could tell you I was going to have three. I could tell you they were going to be girls," she said. "But I have never wanted to get married. I never played bride. I was never interested. I don't know what it is; I never wanted to get married."

Rhimes who has three young daughters clarifies that although she doesn't plan to get married, she still is interested in romantic relationships. "I love having boyfriends. I love dating. I do not want a husband in my house."

Oprah shares Rhimes' views on marriage. "I don't know if I've ever said this publicly, but I really wanted to be wanted to be married to," Oprah said. "I wanted Stedman to want to marry me. The moment he asked me to marry him I was, like... 'Now I actually have to get married?'"

Watch the conversation below.
Photo: George Burns/Harpo Inc.

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