Oprah Winfrey introduces long lost half-sister on talk show
Celeb TV video: Oprah Winfrey reveals her family secret
Oprah Winfrey has revealed that she has a long lost half-sister, reports the AP. The TV host introduced her 48-year-old sibling identified only as Patricia on her talk show, which aired Monday. "This, my friends, is the miracle of all miracles."
According to Winfrey, their mother Vernita Lee gave up Patricia for adoption when Winfrey was eight years old. Lee said, "I made the decision... because I wasn’t able to take care of her." She said she kept Patricia a secret "because I thought it was a terrible thing for me to (give) up my daughter (after) she was born."
Patricia was said to have stayed with several foster families until she was adopted at age seven. After years of searching for her biological family, Patricia got hold of the daughter of Winfrey’s deceased sister, and a DNA test confirmed their relationship. Patricia and Winfrey finally met on Thanksgiving Day last year, reports the AP.
Patricia has known that the famous host was her half-sister since 2007 but "she never once thought to sell the story," Winfrey said. According to the AP, Patricia could have sold an exclusive to tabloids for at least $75,000. Patricia told Winfrey on the show, "Family business should be handled by family... It couldn’t be handled by anyone else. That’s not fair. It wouldn’t be fair to you."
Winfrey told viewers, "For the most part my life has been an open book and on the show I think I’ve seen about everything. And I thought nothing could surprise me anymore, but let me tell you I was wrong."
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