Oprah Winfrey Named Her Premature Baby Boy Canaan – Report
Oprah Winfrey has revealed the name of the baby boy she gave birth to when she was just 14 years old.
The media mogul had an extremely traumatic childhood, having been sexually abused by a number of different family members from the age of nine. One ordeal led to a pregnancy, and Winfrey gave birth prematurely to a son, who later died in hospital, and during a conference appearance in Australia, she opened up about the little boy she lost.
“I did an interview with a reporter before I came to Australia and she said you should name the baby son who died,” the 61-year-old reportedly said at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, according to news.com.au. “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.”
Winfrey also reportedly opened up about the terrifying ordeal which led to her pregnancy.
“I was raped at nine years old by a cousin, then again by another family member, and another family member,” she said, before adding she tried to conceal her growing baby bump because of the “pain and shame” she felt.
Winfrey was heartbroken when news of her loss was first made public by a family member in 1990, and, at the time, the star worried the revelation would jeopardize her career.
“I took to my bed and cried for three days,” she wrote in a February 2007 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. “I felt devastated. Wounded. Betrayed. How could this person do this to me? I imagined that every person on the street was going to point their finger at me and scream, ‘Pregnant at 14, you wicked girl … expelled!’ (But) I soon realized that having the secret out was liberating. What I learned for sure was that holding the shame was the greatest burden of all.”
The star has never had any more children.