Oprah gave her deceased son a name and shared this name for the first time publicly in Melbourne, Australia in front of 12,000 fans. She also talked about how she was raped numerous times as a teen, which left her feeling so ashamed. Oprah had said in earlier interviews how she was so ashamed that she thought about killing herself. The queen of talk shows started off her tour with some very deep and heavy conversation and shared how the start of her life is the polar opposite of where she is today.
According to Australia News on December 3, Oprah delivered an emotional mix of spiritual messages while addressing a crowd of 12,000. The 61-year-old has lived through enough horror and tragedy for many lifetimes, never mind one.
Oprah gathered a largely female audience who often cheered as her life-messages. She was able to draw a full spectrum of emotions from the crowd. The queen of talk threw in comic quips, like “You know I don’t sing or dance, but your came anyway, thank you so much.”
She urged the audience, who paid anywhere from $99 to just under $400 for their seats for this venue, “That we should all rid our “disease to please.” Oprah also suggested “that we should keep our vibration energies high.”
The inspirational talk turned about halfway through and Oprah shared her very dark years with this audience. These intimate details of Oprah’s life were considered evidence of how a person can actually rise from the ashes no matter how much of an inferno you’ve lived through.
She was raped numerous times by family members before accidentally becoming pregnant at 14. Her pregnancy caused her so much pain and shame that she tried to hide it. Oprah said: “I was raped at nine years old by a cousin, then again by another family member, and another family member.”
One of the most moving reveals was when Oprah shared how she had just named her deceased son. The boy was born prematurely when Oprah was only 14. She also shared what prompted her to do this after all these decades.
“I did an interview with a reporter before I came to Australia and she said you should name the baby son who died,” she told the audience. “So I have named him, I had a little boy named Canaan. “I did have a son. And I named him Canaan because Canaan means new land, new life.” According to MStars, Oprah contemplated committing suicide when she found herself pregnant at such an early age.
Her father’s view on teenage pregnancy wasn’t all that rare for fathers during that day and age, but it was frightening to a young girl. He would rather see his child dead than shame the family. Her father’s philosophy was “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.” She had so much stacked against her at such an early age. This bit of information she shared back in 2011 when she interviewed with Piers Morgan.