Ina Garten says husband would have 'loved' having kids but he wants her 'happy' (2024)

Garten and her husband Jeffrey have been married for over five decades.

April 17, 2024, 5:19 PM

Ina Garten is opening up about her decision not to have kids.

During a recent appearance on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' podcast "Wiser Than Me," the Food Network star got candid about having "no interest in having children" and how her husband Jeffrey Garten has been supportive of her choice.

"I just had a terrible childhood, and it was nothing I wanted to recreate," she explained, saying her decision "wasn't a struggle at all."

"I think Jeffrey would have been a great parent," she continued. "He would have really loved having children. But, he wanted me to be happy, and it was OK with him."

Ina Garten says husband would have 'loved' having kids but he wants her 'happy' (2)

Looking back, after seeing her friends with their children, she said, "I understand what it could be. But when I was 20, I didn't want to have anything to do with it."

"I don't know where that certainty came from, but I was really sure of that," she added.

In an interview with People earlier this month to promote her upcoming memoir, "Be Ready When the Luck Happens," Ina Garten shared the romantic gesture her husband made early in their romance.

"Jeffrey used to write letters to me when we first met, when I was in high school. And then through college. And then when he was in the military, he would write to me almost every day," she recalled. "And I kept all those letters."

Ina and Jeffrey Garten have been married for over 50 years, having tied the knot in 1968.

Throughout their marriage, the couple have lived in many places together including Paris, Washington, D.C., Manhattan and East Hampton, New York.

Ina Garten says husband would have 'loved' having kids but he wants her 'happy' (2024)

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What ethnicity is Ina Garten? ›

Born Ina Rosenberg to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York City and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, Garten was one of two children born to Charles H. Rosenberg, a surgeon specializing in otolaryngology, and his wife, Florence (née Rich), a dietitian.

Do Ina and Jeffrey have children? ›

Ina Garten is opening up about her decision not to have kids. During a recent appearance on Julia Louis-Dreyfus' podcast "Wiser Than Me," the Food Network star got candid about having "no interest in having children" and how her husband Jeffrey Garten has been supportive of her choice.

Did Ina and Jeffrey get divorced? ›

The Food Network star and her husband have been married for over 50 years. Ina Garten, 76, has called her husband Jeffrey Garten the "love of my life" — and he seems to feel the exact same way.

Is Ina Garten religious? ›

Garten is Jewish by birth and heritage, as is her husband, but rarely refers to her religion and ethnicity, though they are showcased through the inclusion of classic Jewish cooking in her television show and cookbooks, when she makes such dishes as rugelach, challah, and brisket.

What nationality is Barefoot Contessa? ›

Barefoot Contessa
StarringIna Garten
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons29
No. of episodes297
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Did Jeffrey Garten serve in Vietnam? ›

He also served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1972, during the Vietnam War, holding the rank of Lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne Division and Captain and aide-de camp to the commanding general of the US Special Forces.

How much is Ina Garten's husband worth? ›

Ina husband, Jeffrey, is also a financial powerhouse. According to Celebritynetworth.com, Jeffrey is worth $100 million, mostly thanks to his former jobs as managing director of Lehman Brothers and Blackstone Group.

What does the barefoot Contessa's husband do for a living? ›

Currently, Jeffrey serves as the Dean Emeritus at the Yale School of Management and teaches courses on the global economy. According to his faculty page, prior to joining Yale, he worked for multiple White House administrations, served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and was a managing director on Wall Street.

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