Oprah Winfrey discusses traumatic childhood memories

Samantha David|May 01, 2021

Oprah Winfrey shared her memories from traumatic childhood events

Oprah Winfrey discusses traumatic childhood memories

Oprah Winfrey appeared in an interview with Dr.Oz and revealed heartbreaking details of her abusive childhood. She told her grandmother would beat her for slightest reasons.

In her book titled What Happened to You, Winfrey talks about her what she went through as a child as she lived with her grandmother in rural Mississippi for six years.

The TV host shared one of the memory from when she was a kid, she said, “As I was bringing the water back, I was, like, playing with the water with my fingers like that in the water and my grandmother was looking out the window.”

She went on, “And when I brought the bucket in and I’m sloshing the bucket cause I’m a little girl, and she’s like ‘Were you playing in the water? Did you have your fingers in that water? That’s our drinking water."

She added, “I was like, and I said, ‘No ma’am’ and she said, ‘I saw you and your fingers in the water,’ so she grabbed a switch and I got a really bad whipping for it.”

She further added, “Later, when I put on my clothes to go to church, one of the welts from my back opened up and bloodied the, bloodied the dress, so, my emotion now is not because I feel such deep pain about it, I just feel pain for that little girl.”

Winfrey also revealed she witnessed how her grandfather would treat her grandmother. She stated, “My grandmother and I slept in the bed together. My grandfather was in a room on the other side of the wall and one night in the middle of the night, my grandfather gets out of bed and comes into the room and I wake up and he has his hands around my grandmother's neck and she is screaming.”

She added, “She manages to push him off of her and step over him. He falls. She steps over him and runs to the front door. I run out of the bed with her. Cousin Henry comes down the road in the middle of the night to help my grandmother get my grandfather up off the floor.”

She concluded, “And after that my grandmother put a chair underneath the doorknob and some tin cans around the chair. And that is how we slept every night. I'm sleeping, I always slept with, listening for the cans. Listening for what happens if that doorknob moves.”

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