Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Traumatic Childhood Experience & Wanting To Commit Suicide
BY SUSAN JOHNES
Mogul and megastar Oprah Winfrey had a rough childhood. Thus, she’s always been transparent about her story to motivate and encourage others in similar situations.
Just recently, Oprah recalled a time where she wanted to give up on life after her uncle made her pregnant at the age of 14.
She stated, “I became pregnant and hid the pregnancy, intending to kill myself. I thought there’s no way other than killing myself. If I’d had the Internet, I might not be alive because now you can just Google how to do it.”
Oprah also revealed that she had a miscarriage which saved her. “I made a decision that I was going to turn it around.”
Oprah Gail Winfrey was born on an isolated farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January 29, 1954. Her misfortunes began when her unmarried parents separated soon after she was born. Oprah was left her in the care of her maternal grandmother on the farm.
At six years old Winfrey was sent north to join her mother and two half-brothers in a Milwaukee ghetto. It was an impoverished and dangerous neighborhood. At twelve years old she was sent to live with her father in Nashville, Tennessee.
The ghetto lifestyle had its adverse effect on Winfrey as a young teenager. Her problems were compounded by repeated sexual abuse, starting at her teenage years, by men that others in her family trusted.
Oprah’s mother worked odd jobs and did not have much time for supervision. Winfrey stated that her father saved her life due to his strictness. He provided her with guidance, structure, rules, and books.
Despite all her miserable childhood background, Winfrey became an excellent student. She participated well in the drama club, debate club, and student council.
Winfrey found a breakthrough after she won a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. The following year she was hired by a local Nashville radio station to read afternoon newscasts.
Winfrey is a dedicated activist for children rights. She doesn’t want them to face similar situations that she went through.
According to Forbes magazine, Oprah is the richest African American of the 20th century and the world’s only Black billionaire for three years running.
Many magazines have hailed her as the most influential woman of her generation due to her greatest Black philanthropist in American history.
Her Angel Network has raised approximately $51,000,000 objectively for charitable programs that include girls’ education in South Africa.
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