*The headline from Piers Morgan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey Monday night: Oprah had no remorse about her baby dying, and even tried suicide to end the pregnancy.
“Getting pregnant was a result of bad choices, not having boundaries, sexual abuse from the time I was 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13,” the talk show queen revealed during the debut of CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
Winfrey said she contemplated suicide when she became pregnant at 14 and tried to drink laundry detergent in attempt to abort the baby herself. Winfrey’s mother sent the pregnant teen to live with her father in Nashville.
While explaining the strict rules of the household, her father — not knowing his daughter was pregnant — declared, “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.”
Fearful, Winfrey thought, “Before the baby was born, I’m going to have to kill myself,” adding she did “stupid things like drinking detergent and all that kind of crazy stuff that you do when you’re trying to get attention, when you’re really just trying to cry for help.”
In a past interview, Winfrey, now 56, said she “hid the pregnancy until my swollen ankles and belly gave me away.” A few weeks later, her baby died in the hospital.
Looking back, Winfrey, who’s now a billionaire with her own cable network, said losing the baby who she “had no connection to whatsoever” was a blessing in disguise.
“When the baby died, I knew that it was my second chance,” she said.