“Oprah had no remorse about her baby dying, and even tried suicide to end the pregnancy….” blarred a headline promoting British broadcaster Pier Morgan’s interview with Chat Show Queen Oprah Winfrey on Monday night.
In a candid chat with CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight, Winfrey, 54, admitted that she considered committing suicide after she fell pregnant at 14.
“Getting pregnant was a result of bad choices, not having boundaries, sexual abuse from the time I was 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13,” the talk show queen revealed during Piers’ debut.
Oprah contemplated suicide and tried to drink laundry detergent in attempt to abort the baby herself. Winfrey’s mother sent the pregnant teen from Wisconsin to Nashville to live with her strict father, Vernon. Not knowing his daughter was pregnant — declared: “I would rather see a daughter of mine floating down the Cumberland River than to bring shame on this family and the indecency of an illegitimate child.”
Winfrey, now 56, “hid the pregnancy until my swollen ankles and belly gave me away.” A few weeks later, the baby boy died shortly after delivery.
Oprah, now a billionairess with her own cable television network, believes losing the child — which she “had no connection to whatsoever” — was her “second chance” at a normal life.
“When the baby died, I knew that it was my second chance,” she said. “So I went back to school, and nobody knew. Because had anybody known at that time, I wouldn’t have been able to be head of student council. I wouldn’t have been able to be speaking champion in forensics. … I wouldn’t have been chosen as one of the two teenagers in the state of Tennessee to go to the White House conference on youth. None of those things would have happened, and the entire trajectory of my life would have been different.”
A large number of Americans tuned in to watch Oprah tell-all about her unexpected teen pregnancy. Piers Morgan Tonight averaged 2.1 million viewers on Monday night. That’s more than triple the average ratings for Larry King Live, which left the air in December after 25 years.