Oprah Winfrey breaks down in tears as she recalls rape aged 9: ‘I kept that secret’

Oprah Winfrey discusses her new show featuring Prince Harry

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The new Apple TV+ series, which premieres Friday, May 21 on Apple TV+, was created by Oprah and Prince Harry. The programme will see the TV host and the Duke of Sussex opening up about their own battles with mental health for the first time. Poker Face hitmaker Lady Gaga also featured on the documentary, where she detailed the horrific abuse she faced as a teenager when trying to break into the music industry.

During one emotional segment of the programme, Oprah struggled to hold back the tears as she recalled the horrific moment her abuse began.

Oprah went on to share her own experience after she spoke about some of her pupils who attended her academy, which is when she realised a number of the students were being abused by family members.

“At nine, 10, 11 and 12-years-old I was raped by my 19-year-old cousin,” she recalled.

“I didn’t know what rape was, I certainly wasn’t aware of the word, I had no idea what sex was. I had no idea where babies came from, I had no idea what was happening to me.”

“I kept that secret,” she sobbed. “And it’s just something I accepted that a girl child isn’t safe in a world full of men.”

The talk show host also detailed what it was like during her childhood and how it led to the vicious cycle of abuse.

She explained that the one thing that makes her weep, even today, is when she was forced to move Milwaukee from Mississippi.

The 67-year-old said despite the fact it has been six decades, she will never forget leaving her grandmother, who she lived with since she was a baby, for the first time.

She continued: “The only thing to this day that makes me cry, six decades into life is the recognition of when I first moved to Milwaukee from Mississippi.

“I had never been away from my grandmother before and suddenly I am just put in a car and sent to Milwaukee and told you won’t see your grandmother again and now you’re going to be living with your mother.

“A mother of whom I didn’t even know really because my mother was a part of that great migration that had gone up north and left their children with the grandmothers.

“My mother was a border in this – middle class, very light-skin and could pass for a white woman’s house.”

Speaking about what it was like living with her mother, Oprah broke down in tears as she relived the moment her own mother made her sleep outside as a child.

She explained that she knew her mother had taken an instant dislike to her because of the colour of her skin.

“That very first night, she wouldn’t let me come in the house,” Oprah cried.

“There was a little porch foyer that was exposed to the street and I had to sleep out there on a sofa.”



As they played a clip of Oprah in her early days from The Oprah Winfrey Show, she said: “If you want me to start weeping, it’s my teachers that saved me.

“Years of my life that’s the only place that I felt loved and it’s the reason for so many years of why I wanted to be a teacher.

“To be able to give to other kids what my teachers had given to me. Connection to anybody that cares about you makes a world of difference.

“For me, it was my teachers and that’s why I know school is so important. Education can’t save you but it can relieve you.”

The Me You Can’t See airs on Friday on Apple TV+

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