Diane Keaton also joked about the reason why she has never been married. "No one has ever asked me to marry them," she said.
Diane Keaton may not have had a date in over three decades but that didn't stop her from having her own family. In her 50s, Keaton adopted a baby girl named Dexter in 1996, and in 2001, she welcomed a son, Duke. Keaton raised her children as a single woman and never looked back. In an interview with InStyle magazine in 2019, she was asked if men asked her out all the time. “Never. All right? Let’s just get that straight. That one’s important. I haven’t been on a date in, I would say, 35 years. No dates,” she responded. Would she like to? "I have a lot of male friends,” she said. “I have a lot of friends, but no dates. No mwah-mwah.”
Keaton also has some strong views about marriage after having dated some A-listers in Hollywood including Al Pacino, Jack Nicholson, and Warren Beatty. In 2021, during a discussion for Interview magazine actress Lisa Kudrow asked Keaton to share her views on marriage and why she's never done it. Keaton explained that everything went back to her mother and her relationship with her father. She recalled how her mother would always be around while her father was always at work and saw how much her mother gave up. “I love my dad, of course — that goes without saying — but she was always there, and he was always working. He was working hard, and he was really interesting. And he loved her, too.”
The Something’s Gotta Give star, who grew up in California, is the oldest of four children. She watched her mother choose family over her own dreams. “I mentioned watching her get that crowning glory and being Mrs. Highland Park. After that, we moved down to Santa Ana, and it was over. There was no more trying things out. And she was just the best mother, but I think that she is the reason why I didn’t get married. I didn’t want to give up my independence,” she said thoughtfully.
The 77-year-old also joked that there was one small technicality in why she hasn't been married so far. “By the way, no one has ever asked me to marry them, either, so that might be a good answer,” she said, adding, “I should’ve started with that and called it a day."
In an interview with CBS News, she revealed that she never intended to have children but eventually found her way to it. "Motherhood was not an urge I couldn't resist, it was more like a thought I'd been thinking for a very long time," she said in 2008. "So I plunged in." Although she's had a career-oriented life she was happy to have children later in life. She "had years of selfishness," but being a mother is better. "You can't sit there and go, poor me."
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