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"I knew that me getting pregnant was a result of bad choices," Winfrey said. "And (of) not having boundaries, and the (sexual abuse from when I was 9 to 13)."
Winfrey’s mother wouldn’t allow her to stay with her, so the teen was sent to live with her father in Nashville. "I hid (my pregnancy). I hid the whole thing," she said. "My father, as a part of his decree about what’s going to go on in this house, said to me… 'I would rather see a daughter of mine floating down the Cumberland River, than the bring shame on this family and the indecency of an illegitimate child.'"
The talk show queen and OWN network head said that at the time, she really believed she was going to have to kill herself. "When I was 14, if you’re having a baby, your life is over," she said.
But Winfrey suffered a miscarriage and said that losing the child "with whom (she) had no connection whatsoever" was a great relief and Winfrey’s "second chance" at life.
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Winfrey went on to tell Morgan that while she loves children, being a mother wasn’t something on her to-do list. She also added that she's "not the marrying kind."
Though Winfrey was open about her troubled childhood and her thoughts on motherhood, there was one subject she avoided. The talk show host clammed up when Morgan broached the subject of her rumored lesbian relationship with her best friend Gayle King.
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