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Oprah: So it was a conscious decision?

Chris: Very conscious.

Oprah: Was marriage difficult for you in the beginning?

Chris: Yes. It's hard working in the benevolent dictatorship of show business and then coming home to a democracy.

Oprah: So the early days were rocky?

Chris: I wouldn't say rocky—it was just life. I had a lot going on back then, and I couldn't trust many people around me. I met so many people after I got rich and famous, and I learned that you can't ultimately trust people unless they were your friends when you were broke.

Oprah: You think so?

Chris: Yes. If you're broke and I'm broke, and you say, "Let's go hang out," then I know you really do want to hang out with me. There's only trust in hard times, and that's the only time when you really know people. I mean no disrespect to my friends and loved ones, but it's too easy to be my friend now.

Oprah: You don't have friends you knew before the fame and money?

Chris: A few.

Oprah: So now you're having a baby you can offer your love to.

Chris: Babies don't know who's rich and who's poor. You love 'em and they're happy.

Oprah: Would you prefer a son or a daughter?

Chris: It doesn't matter. I'd prefer a girl actually. I think I'd be too hard on a boy.

Oprah: What part of parenting are you most looking forward to?

Chris: I'm looking forward to being happy around my kid.

Oprah: I love that answer!

Chris: I'm also looking forward to not being tired around my child. My father was tired a lot. I want to play ball with my child without having to grab my shoulder because I'm not physically fit. And I want to really teach my child and become his or her friend.

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