Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell was the inspiration for the character of Carrie Bradshaw, and both Candace and Carrie have lived similar lives. They both lived in Manhattan, they both got with a Mr. Big type, they were both writers. The only real difference is that Candace’s column was turned into a book, which was turned into an HBO series, then more of Candace’s writing got turned into TV series (some good, some not as good, some no one asked for but is getting anyway).
Basically, Candace got rich and famous. And all the while she was hooking up with whatever dude she chose, she always made sure that none of them splashed their cosmo into her Magnolia cupcake, because she wanted to keep writing and make money without having to worry about kids. Candace recently spoke to The Sunday Times, and she kind of regrets not having a little Brady or…whatever Charlotte’s kids names were.
Candace got married for the first time at the age of 43 in 2002 (she’s 60 now). She married a ballet dancer ten years younger than her named Charles Askegard, and they divorced ten years later in 2012. When Candace was writing Sex and the City, she says she wasn’t thinking about kids, and after she got married, she still wasn’t thinking about kids. She’s thinking of them now, because she’s lonely and thinks it would be nice to have someone around. via Entertainment Tonight:
“When I was in my 30s and 40s, I didn’t think about [starting a family]. Then when I got divorced and I was in my 50s, I started to see the impact of not having children and of truly being alone. I do see that people with children have an anchor in a way that people who have no kids don’t.”
Candace isn’t totally alone; she’s currently dating a real estate agent named Jim Coleman.
Science might make it possible for Candace to have a kid at 60 if she still wants that, and she could always adopt.
However, if she doesn’t want to go those routes, that doesn’t mean she can’t have the child-rearing experience. She just has to get involved as a producer with the Sex and the City 3 mess. It’s not exactly the same, but I’m pretty sure she’ll feel like a mom the next time Sarah Jessica Parker or Kim Cattrall get all dramatic about SATC3. “How many times do I have to tell you to stop acting like children??? So help me god, do not make me come over there. I swear you’re giving me new grey hairs.”