An unauthorized Oprah Winfrey biography coming to bookstores near you later this month claims not only did the talk show host completely fabricate her claims of childhood sexual abuse and poverty, but that she also paid off former lovers in an attempt to keep her sexual orientation under wraps. The Daily Mail says
Winfrey claimed she was so poor she never had any new clothes or toys and adopted two cockroaches as pets. But her family insisted Winfrey was ‘spoiled’ as a child.
‘Where Oprah got that nonsense about growing up in filth and roaches I have no idea,’ claimed her cousin. ‘I’ve confronted her and asked, “Why do you tell such lies?” Oprah told me, “That’s what people want to hear.”‘
She reportedly paid people off to prevent them speaking out about her alleged lesbian affairs and allegedly maintained a long-term relationship with [Stedman] Graham in order to appeal to her largely female audience — the pair do not even share a bedroom.[Author Kitty] Kelley claims Winfrey paid one ex-boyfriend [$62,000] not to talk about her alleged lesbian affairs and the fact that her brother, who died of AIDS, was gay.
Interesting fact about the author: she has never been successfully sued for libel or forced to retract any of her written claims, so the chances of these allegations being true are pretty good. Not that it will sway Oprah’s target demographic either way. Middle-aged white women simply can’t be plied from the teat of the mighty O. She farts out exactly the kind of self-actualizing bullshit that overweight and unhappily married 40-something women want to hear. I guess that “embracing the authentic self” is a lesson better taught than applied when your authentic self turns out to be a big fat lesbian liar.