Oprah has always been a mainstay in the world of celebrity culture. Aside from her Academy Award-nominated performance in 1985’s The Color Purple, Oprah is widely known for her talk show, wherein she gives hard-hitting questions to her celebrity guests.
Oprah has also been very vocal about her old life, growing up poor and working hard to become the woman she is today. However, many people may not know about Oprah because she once got pregnant at 14, and she claims that the child “never felt like it was her baby.
The Lesser-Known Story of Oprah’s Pregnancy
Winfrey was so secretive about her teenage pregnancy that she hid this information for seven months until she was forced to undergo a premature birth. During her Life Class program, she opened up that she was so embarrassed by her pregnancy, and that’s why she wanted to hide it from everyone she knew.
She also talked about the detachment she felt from the baby once it was born.
“I was so ashamed. I hid the pregnancy until my swollen ankles and belly gave me away… I saved that baby because I was so disassociated and still do feel such a disassociation. I never felt like it was my baby.”
Oprah has also opened up about how that entire phase of her life inflicted on her a certain trauma that she would carry with her as he grew older. The star talk-show host was candid about the emotional fragility she felt during that time and how this has impacted her even as an adult.
“Hiding that secret and carrying that shame blocked me in so many ways that I remember being taken to the detention home when my mother was going to put me out of the house at the age of 14.”
The beloved public figure also divulged that her pregnancy was a result of her own relatives even when she was as young as nine-years-old.
“The experience was the most emotional, confusing, traumatic of my young life.”
Unfortunately, the child passed away shortly after birth.
Turning Things Around
Winfrey then found herself being taken to a detention home. She recounted looking around her and finally getting a grip of this environment that she was in.
“I’m now for the rest of my life going to be called a ‘bad girl,’ because I’m going to be put in this place.”
As fate would have it, the people at the detention facility couldn’t accommodate her and told her mother to bring her back in a couple of weeks. Immediately after that, Winfrey went to live with her father, and that’s when she decided to turn her life around.
“From that moment forward, I felt like I had been somehow saved, that somebody up there recognized that I wasn’t a bad girl.”
Oprah worked hard to build herself up into the woman that she has now become from then on. She is now a media mogul and is one of the world’s most famous and successful people.
Isn’t this such an inspirational and brave story? What traumatic experiences do you have in your past that you’ve managed to overcome? Please share them in the comment section below.