Oprah Winfrey recently revealed that she named her infant son who died when she was 14 years old.
Winfrey was speaking at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, according to News.com.au, when she spoke about the premature baby, who was the result of a rape.
“I did an interview with a reporter before I came to Australia, and she said you should name the baby son who died,” Winfrey stated.
“So I have named him. I had a little boy named Canaan,” Winfrey said. “I did have a son. And I named him Canaan because Canaan means new land, new life.”
Winfrey then went on to discuss the many rapes and other sexual abuse that occurred during her childhood, saying, “I was raped at 9 years old by a cousin, then again by another family member and another family member.” Winfrey said she hid her pregnancy when she was 14 because she felt “pain and shame.”
Although Winfrey never had any other children of her own, she has supported various kids through college funds and by building schools in African countries.