Oprah Winfrey shared a big family secret on her show today…she has a half-sister, Patricia Lloyd, who she never knew existed until recently. Besides having a secret sister, Oprah has another burden that she’s been carrying around for most of her life other than the family member she never knew. Oprah Winfrey was pregnant at the tender age of 14. What happened to Oprah’s baby?
Sadly, Oprah Winfrey’s baby boy died shortly after she gave birth to him. Oprah was completely ashamed of her pregnancy, and even contemplated ending her life rather than fessing up to the fact that she was expecting. She hid the pregnancy as best she could, and her mother Vernita Lee sent her to live with her father, Vernon Winfrey in Nashville.
Of her baby news, Vernon said, “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.”
Oprah has said that losing her baby boy gave her a second chance at life. Perhaps she wouldn’t even be “Oprah” without the experience of having him for that short time.
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