Speculations and rumors spreading online regarding Oprah Winfrey having a baby with her partner, Stedman Graham, are completely false, despite convincing yet made-up details that several fake websites posted this month.
Snopes reports that the rumor started on a website entitled, CelebTriCity, a fraudulent news site that posts both “real and satire news.”
“Oprah Winfrey has more money ($3 Billion) than she will ever be able to spend in her lifetime, so choosing to have this child means her baby will be born a billionaire. She reportedly can’t stop crying tears of joy as this is the one thing she has always wanted since she lost her baby at 14.”
The fake website also indicated that Winfrey, 61, said if has a son, she would name him Harpo (Oprah spelled backwards), and if she has a daughter, her name will be Gayle.
Another deceitful tabloid site allegedly quoted Winfrey on the news.
“After seeing Mark Zuckerberg and his wife go through their pregnancy, it just inspired me to have my own baby.”
Unfortunately, the internet is filled with numerous fake websites that make up false headlines and stories in order to gain viewers. Yet, there is no record of Winfrey ever saying she was pregnant and no substantial new outlet has confirmed it.
Citizen Digital reports that the rumors likely came about after Winfrey revealed to news.com.au that she once had a son, but it’s been over 45 years since he was born prematurely and passed away. Winfrey, still visibly shaken by the incident, told an audience of 15,000 people about her baby boy.
“I did have a son. And I named him Canaan because Canaan means new land, new life.”
This isn’t the first time Oprah revealed her pregnancy. The talk show host kept it hidden for years because she was just 14-years-old when she had her boy, a result of a relative raping her. In 2011, she revealed that she hid her pregnancy for seven months because she felt ashamed and afraid.
“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!’”
Meanwhile, the popular author opened up about her “fans” during her national speaking tour, An Evening With Oprah, in Australia this month. The humble Winfrey insisted that she does not have fans, as the word disconnects her from the audience. Instead, she prefers to give labels such as supporters, friends, and viewers.
“I never call people ‘fans’ because a fan to me represents that I’m up here and you’re down there. There’s some disconnect of power. They’re our viewers, they’re our readers, they’re our supporters, they’re our friends, they’re part of our community, but never fans because once I start seeing you as a fan, I don’t see you as an equal, you know?”
During her tour stop in Melbourne, Winfrey opened up to the audience about her personal life story and what she still strives to be. Although she’s already conquered the television and magazine world and is one of the wealthiest women in the world, Winfrey said that she is still hoping to better herself and will keep striving “until her last breath.”
The actress also indicated that she wants to take herself to the next level with her supporters by her side, rising together with her.
“That’s what this tour is. How do we rise together? Together we rise.”
Oprah Winfrey is still on her Australian tour. She’s slated to talk with her supporters at Sydney tomorrow, at the Allphones Arena.
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