Ina Garten explains why she chose not to have children throughout her almost 50-year marriage

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Ina Garten says not having a child with her husband of 48 years, Jeffrey, was a deliberate choice.

The 69-year-old Food Network star opened up about their relationship during her recent appearance on the Katie Couric Podcast, including the reason they decided to not have children.

"I really appreciate that other people do, and we will always have friends that have children that we are close to, but it was a choice I made very early," Garten says. "I really felt -- I feel -- that I would have never been able to have the life I've had. And so it's a choice, and that was the choice I made."

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Garten, 67, says the two were never judged by others for the decision. However, there is one thing she admits she missed out on.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 08: TV personality Ina Garten attends the 10th Annual New York Times Arts & Leisure Weekend photocall at the Times Center on January 8, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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SAGAPONACK, NY - JUNE 25: (L-R) Nicole Miller, Ina Garten, Alec Baldwin attend the 'Barefoot Under the Stars' event at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard on June 25, 2011 in Sagaponack, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
SAGAPONACK, NY - JUNE 25: Jeffrey and Ina Garten attend the 'Barefoot Under the Stars' event at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard on June 25, 2011 in Sagaponack, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: (l-r) Ina Garten and Matt Lauer appear on NBC News' 'Today' show (Photo by Peter Kramer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Jeffrey Garten and wife Ina Garten attends the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Ina Garten signs copies of her book 'Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust' at Barnes & Noble Union Square on December 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 28: Jeffrey Garten and wife Ina Garten attends the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Opening Night Gala at New York City Center on November 28, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 16: Professor Jeffrey Garten and TV personality Ina Garten attend The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
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TODAY -- Pictured: Ina Garten appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: Barefoot Contessa's Ina Garten and Muppets attend the Sesame Workshop's 13th Annual Benefit Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on May 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - APRIL 21: Jeffrey Garten and Ina Garten at the TIME 100 Gala held at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York City. PHOTOGRAPH BY Photo Image Press / Barcroft Media (Photo credit should read Photo Image Press / Barcroft Med via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Ina Garten attends the 2015 Forbes Women's Summit: Transforming The Rules Of Engagement at Pier 60 on June 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 13: Ina Garten attends the East Hampton Library's 12th Annual Authors Night Benefit on August 13, 2016 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/WireImage,)
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"I think the one thing that we miss is a lot of people's friends are the parents of their kids' friends," she notes. "So, we never had that connection with other people that I see a lot of, that network. But no, I never felt judged by it -- maybe people did, but I didn't notice."

Garten also shares the secret to their long-lasting marriage. The two met when she was just 16, when she visited her brother at Dartmouth, and have been married since 1968.

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"The secret is that you just take care of each other, and admire each other, and support each other, and you get that back," she explains.

And off course, Jeffrey, a professor at Yale, also knows how to compromise!

"If Jeffrey and I disagree on something, he always agrees with me," she jokes.

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