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Oprah Winfrey didn’t drop any major bombshells during her Monday interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan (the new talk show host is being accused of asking soft-ball questions).
But there were a few interesting moments:
1. She says she wouldn’t be where she is today if she had had a baby.
She said she considered taking her life when she learned she was pregnant at age 14. She recalled her father telling her, “I would rather see a daughter of mine floating down the Cumberland River than to bring shame on this family and indecency of an illegitimate child.” Though she never made any suicide attempts, she said: “I did stupid things like drinking detergent and that crazy stuff that you do when you are trying to get attention when you are really just trying to cry for help…you know, when I was 14, your life is over. You are having a baby out of wedlock. Your life is over. When the baby died–the baby was never brought home from the hospital and the baby died–I knew that it was my second chance.” She said she would not be where she is today if she had a baby.
2. She wouldn’t still be with Stedman Graham if they had gotten married.
Despite being in a longtime relationship with Stedman Graham (and once being engaged to him), she said: “I’m not getting married … I’m just not the marrying kind … I am a different kind of woman in that, had I married, I wouldn’t have remained married because it takes a different kind of person to put up with all of this. And the reason why this relationship has worked out as well as it has is because we each got to define ourselves in it and not in a traditional form.”
3. She downs tequila when she writes checks to the IRS.
Asked about her fortune, she told Morgan, “I’m not sitting around counting it.” But she admitted she knows exactly how much she’s worth. She also confessed that she only personally signs checks over $100,000 and that she has given away more than $300 million of her personal fortune. She hates writing checks to the IRS (when she goes, she said she has her employees bring her tequila).
4. She binged on 30 lbs. of mac-and-cheese when Bride of Chucky beat Beloved at the box office.
In an outtake of the interview, she revealed that when her film Beloved premiered in 1998, the same weekend as Bride of Chucky, she knew by early Saturday that the horror flick beat her film at the box office. “I didn’t even know what Chucky was,” she said. “So, I asked my chef at the time to make some macaroni and cheese … and I ate about 30 pounds worth. I’m not kidding!”
5. She only trusts five people in world.
She would only name two: Graham and her longtime friend, Gayle King. (Incidentally, she declined any lesbian questions about King: “Don’t go there,” she told Morgan.)
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