Why I regret being a single mother says Diane Keaton, who admits 'best possible scenario' would be if she was attached
01:03 GMT, 28 March 2012
She has long been admired as a strong, single woman who raised a young family on her own.
But now Diane Keaton has admitted that she would have preferred to have had a man by her side after all.
The Annie Hall actress said she loves being a mother but the ‘best possible scenario’ would be if she was attached.
Single mother: Diane Keaton with her daughter Dexter, aged 16, who she adopted in 1996 at the age of 50
Dating game: Diane Keaton dated Woody Allen in 1972, although they split up – they went on to work together in several films
Not short of dates: With ex-lovers Warren Beatty in 1978 and Al Pacino in 1989
She also revealed that the older she gets the more she appreciates life and refuses to slow down.
However, she won’t rule out plastic surgery to improve her appearance – even though she looks far younger than her 66 years.
Miss Keaton has dated a string of
Hollywood stars including Woody Allen, Warren Beatty and Al Pacino, but
never got married.
In 1996, at the age of 50, she adopted daughter
Dexter, now 16, followed by son Duke, ten, in 2001.
Keeping her options open: Diane Keaton has said she won't rule out the idea of having plastic surgery
That year she revealed that she was giving up romance and said she was happy being single.
She now admits that in hindsight it would have been better if she had been in a relationship after all.
Miss Keaton said in an interview: ‘As
a parent I provide all I can, but I think in the best possible scenario
you need to have a man.’
Asked what stopped her from marrying,
she said: ‘I think it was just my whole life. How I responded first to
boys and then to men.
‘It had nothing to do with reality. Relationships are hard. You’re lucky if you find someone.’
Miss Keaton added that even though
she is in her 60s, she ‘never understood the idea you’re supposed to
mellow as you get older’.
She said: ‘Slowing down isn’t
something I relate to at all. The goal is to continue in good and bad,
all of it. The best part is that I’m still here and, because the end is
in sight, I treasure it all more.’
Young at heart: Diane says she usually ends up doing the things she promised herself she wouldn't
Miss Keaton won an Oscar for her role
in 1977’s Annie Hall, which was directed by Allen. In the interview
with U.S. magazine AARP, Keaton said that despite her age-defying looks
she would not rule out cosmetic surgery.
She said: ‘I haven’t had it, but
never say never. Because when you do, you are definitely going to go
there. I said I would never have intercourse before I was married, and I
did. I said I would never go to a psychiatrist, and I spent much of my
life in psychoanalysis.
‘I’ve done all kinds of things I said I wouldn’t do and, of course, now I’m glad. Thrilled.’
Busy: Diane starred in comedy Morning Glory alongside Harrison Ford
Her comments are surprising given what she has said in the past about her relationships.
In her memoir released last year,
Then Again, she wrote about how she ‘never found a home in the arms of a
She also opened up about motherhood and said it was more
fulfilling than any relationship she ever had.
She said: ‘I’m sorry, but it’s better than any of your fantasies about love… it is love. That’s the best thing.’
She also wrote that her favourite lover was Woody Allen because she adored his thick glasses and ‘great body’.