Oprah says believing in herself got her through soul-crushing adversity.
Tonight’s A Current Affair interview with Oprah Winfrey has been highly anticipated and the reigning talk show Queen delivered, opening up to Tracy Grimshaw about how she survived being born into poverty, sexually assaulted at age nine and having a baby that died within days at just 14.
“The only reason I didn’t kill myself when I was pregnant, the only reason – I actually thought about it and a couple of times I [attempted self-harm] – (was) there was a part of me that always knew I was going to be okay,” Oprah said in the revealing interview.
“That if I could just get through the shame and embarrassment, and if my father didn’t kill me, that I would be okay.”
“So I have always known this, Trace. I didn’t know what the future held for me, although I thought it would be a good future, but I knew who held the future.”
She said she faced racial prejudice, bigotry and being born into an apartheid state, but succeeded in spite of that.
“Nobody believed you could become anything as a little black girl – my own grandma didn’t believe I was going to do anything other than maybe become a teacher…,” she said.
Oprah said both her mother and her grandmother were maids, “so they didn’t have any dreams bigger than being a domestic for me, the daughter, but I did. I did.”
She said the reason the devastating circumstances of her younger life did not break her was her faith.
“I had a strong sense of being connected to something greater than myself, I call that something God,” she said.
“But I had a strong spiritual voice.”
And succeed she did. And she had plenty more to say.
On shit bosses:
Oprah said working in the TV industry in the 70s was “terrible”.
“I was sexually harassed, but I knew if I did anything about it or said anything about it that I would never work in television again,” the influential philanthropist and media mogul revealed.
“I had the WORST boss. I mean, literally, I’m babysitting for my boss and I’m the anchor on the news. Today, nobody could get away with it, but I knew that if I said anything about it I would have been crushed.
“I always knew that trouble wouldn’t last always, and I would not always be in that position. I knew that whatever I was putting up with, I wouldn’t have to put up with forever.”