Piers Morgan held his first interview tonight for the premier of “Piers Morgan Tonight” and his guest was legendary talk show host Oprah Winfrey. During the interview with Piers, Oprah discussed her unexpected pregnancy at the young age of fourteen and the impact that the pregnancy had on her life during that time. She revealed that the loss of the baby gave her a new opportunity at life … a chance that she claims she never would have had if she became an unwed mother.
To get a perspective, Oprah was born in 1954. So, she would have been 14 years of age in 1968, a time when being an unwed mother was still considered taboo. During the interview with Piers Morgan, Oprah claims that she never told her father about her pregnancy and that he once made a comment to the effect that he would rather see her dead than have her bring shame upon the family. In fact, she claims to have contemplated suicide as a result of her pregnancy and stated that she felt absolutely no connection with the baby she was carrying. According to Oprah, the loss of her child gave her relief and an opportunity for a new chance at life.
Oprah took her second chance to unbelievable heights and it seems that, as far as she was concerned, it was worth the trade off. Based on the interview, and if one where hearing this information for the first time, they might make the assumption that perhaps she had a miscarriage. The fact that she said the baby was never brought home from the hospital could have meant that it had died at any time during her pregnancy. However, Oprah actually gave birth to a son who died in infancy. This fact makes it all the more difficult to imagine that any mother would be able to look into the face of their own child only to have relief at the loss of them. In all fairness,
Oprah was only fourteen when she became pregnant and had admittedly experienced years of sexual abuse prior to that pregnancy. She also lived during a time when being a young unwed mother would not have been nearly as acceptable as it is today. Further, no one can reasonably fault a child for mistakes they may have made as a result of abuse and, understandably, she was terrified of the stigma that would be hers for life. However, for a woman of her age to convey no feelings and no wonder at what her child could have been… to feel nothing but relief that he is gone for the life she has now is almost heartbreaking. Fame and riches, neither last when it’s all said and done.
Winfrey: Losing baby as a teen was ‘my second chance’
Oprah Winfrey Biography http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/win0bio-1