Oprah speaks on sexual abuse, suicidal thoughts, love, loss & money w/ Piers Morgan [Video]

In an interview that aired on Monday during the premiere of CNN show Piers Morgan Tonight, talk show queen Oprah Winfrey opened up to Piers Morgan about her teenage pregnancy and suicidal thoughts that ensued.

She also discusses loss, love, marriage [“I’m just not the marrying kind”], her long-term partner, Stedman Graham [“The reason this relationship has worked as well as it has is because we each got to define ourselves in it and not in a traditional form. There’s nothing about it that’s traditional”] and what she plans to do with her wealth; “When I’m gone, everything that I have is going to go to charity because I don’t have children.”


Winfrey, 56, said she was sent to live with her father in Nashville when she was a young teenager. He laid down the rules of his house early, and without knowing she was pregnant. “‘I would rather see a daughter of mine floating down the Cumberland River,’ he said, ‘than to bring shame on this family and the indecency of an illegitimate child,'” Winfrey said, quoting her father.

“He’s saying that to me, and I know that I am pregnant. So I’m thinking, well, I’m just going to have to kill myself,” she said.

Winfrey did not attempt suicide, though she said she tried things that were cries for help — like drinking detergent. “When the baby died, I knew that it was my second chance,” she said.

Watch Oprah’s interview on Piers Morgan tonight right here in segments below.


Suicidal Thoughts

I’m not getting married


Piers Morgan Tonight is on weeknights on CNN/US at 9 p.m. ET and on CNN International at 1200 GMT/1300 CET/2000 HKT


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