Before being ranked the richest African-American personality of the 20th century and becoming the second fortune in the entertainment industry, Oprah Winfrey had a particularly difficult childhood. Born from a unique sexual relationship between her two parents, the host spent the first six years of her life in a poor neighborhood with her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee. If the latter taught her to read before the age of three, she was also violent towards her. Guest on the Dr. Oz Show, Oprah Winfrey has agreed to speak for the first time about the violence of her grandparents. Recalling that she was afraid to sleep, she said, “My grandmother and I slept together in one bed. My grandfather was in a room next door and once in the middle of the night my big -father got out of bed and walked into the bedroom. I woke up and saw he had his hands around my grandmother’s neck. She was screaming. “
While her grandmother had managed to defend herself and push the man away, Oprah Winfrey continued, “He fell. She stepped over him and ran for the front door. I ran out of bed. with her. It was dark. She walked out onto the porch and started shouting, ‘Henry, Henry’. There was an old man down the road that we called Cousin Henry, he was blind. ” Moved, the famous host added: “Henry came in the middle of the night to help my grandmother get my grandfather away. And then my grandmother put a chair under the doorknob and boxes. of cans around the chair. And that’s how we slept every night. “
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Oprah Winfrey was a battered child
If her grandfather was violent, her grandmother would hit her with a wand when she was not doing her homework or when she misbehaved. Facing the host, Oprah Winfrey remembered a day when she had to go get a bucket of drinking water for the family. “When I brought it back, I was having fun dipping my fingers in it. My grandmother saw me and she asked me if I was playing with the water. ‘It’s our drinking water,’ said she yelled. She grabbed a whip and hit me. A little later, when I got dressed to go to church, I saw that I had blood on my dress, it was coming. of my scars, ”she said with emotion.
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