'I should have had more': Katie Couric's regret over having just two children as she reveals intimate family snaps on Twitter
16:21 GMT, 20 August 2012
Katie Couric may be one of the country's most recognizable TV journalists but she has revealed that her success has come at a cost.
The 55-year-old former CBS anchor has said that she regrets not having more children, blaming her career for keeping her too 'busy' to have had more than two.
Ms Couric has two daughters, Ellie, 21, and Carrie, 16, fathered by her late husband Jay Monahan who died of colon cancer in 1998.
Family matters: TV journalist Katie Couric (center) has revealed that she wishes she had more children. She posted a photograph of herself and two daughters Carrie, 16, (left) and Ellie, 21, (right) on Twitter days ago
Love: Her daughters, who are the children of Monohan, enjoyed time at the beach with their famous mother
The TV host, whose highly-anticipated talk show Katie will premiere on ABC on September 10, told Good Housekeeping that she wishes she had had one more child to Monahan.
'Sometimes I think I should have had six kids,' she said before adding that she feels 'total child lust when I see little kids'.
She continued: ''Or I wish I'd had one [more] at 37, but I was busy. My career. I love being around my kids. I'm not a
particularly solitary person. I like a big, chaotic household – noise,
Ms Couric, who is now dating the wealthy 49-year-old financier John Molner, added that she is slowly coming to terms with the fact that her childbearing days are behind her.
Relaxing: Ms Couric posted the above photograph with the caption: 'Hanging out at the beach this weekend!!'
Light reading: She was also seen reading a copy of Good Housekeeping, where her interview first appeared
'When you're younger, you dread your period, and when you're older, you want to give it a big hug,' she said. 'You think, “I've still got it goin' on!” Anyway, I think those days are over.'
Being 'smack-dab in the middle of' menopause is proving daunting as well.
She said: 'I think emotionally and
psychologically, it's weird to feel like, “Gosh, my childbearing years
are over”. And of course they've been over for a long time, but still,
they're officially over now. It's kind of a head trip, to tell you the
She added that turning 55 was something of a 'wake-up call'.
'Being in the last half of your life is very scary,' she said. 'Turning 55 was more of a wake-up call on that front for me than 50 was.'
Her body is under more scrutiny than ever – but it is her own wary eye that is forcing her to adopt healthy lifestyle habits.
Past and present: Ms Couric with her late husband Jay Monahan (left) and new boyfriend John Molner (right)
'I kept hearing, “Your weight is going to re-distribute, you're going to get thick in the middle”, she explained. 'So I decided I needed to be more committed to exercising – plus, I think the endorphins are helpful.'
'I've always done exercise, but I've never really committed to it,' she continued. 'I'm not very good about pushing myself physically.'
She revealed that she has experienced serious struggles in raising two daughters on her own.
'They're very proficient at the surgical
strike, [knowing] just where that tender spot is,' she said. 'I've told
them they have to find their way. They can't depend on me. I'm
hard-nosed that way.'
'I love being around my kids. I'm not a
particularly solitary person'
She continued: 'Of course, if they really needed something, I'd help, but they have to establish their own identities, and that includes their own financial identities. You want them to be independent; you don't want them to be slackers in any way, shape, or form.'
The mother had been dating 37-year-old Brooks Perlin for five years before they split several months ago.
She began dating Mr Perlin in 2006 after they met at a Louis Licari hair
salon event held to raise money for cancer research.
There has been speculation that her new relationship with Mr Molner comes too soon after the split and could simply be a rebound situation.