In January 2011, Oprah Winfrey revealed a family secret. The talk show host disclosed that she has a secret half-sister.
But more family secrets are rising to the surface. And this time, The Big O isn’t so innocent.
According to Radar Online, Oprah Winfrey has been caught telling varying stories about her “secret son.”
Winfrey confessed to Entertainment Tonight that she first became a mother-like figure to Calvin Mitchell in the 90s when he was 11.
Mitchell approached Winfrey on a Chicago movie set. After their encounter, Oprah tried to adopt him. She even tried to send him to a private school away from his biological family.
However, Mitchell became homesick and left the school. When he dropped out of the expensive school, Oprah decided to abandon the child because he couldn’t live up to her expectations.
In the October 29 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Oprah said she opted out of meeting with the now 35-year-old Mitchell because Radar arranged an earlier meeting between Oprah and her son. But the mega-celeb brushed him off.
The 61-year-old star also failed to tell Entertainment Tonight that she has repeatedly given Mitchell the cold shoulder.
In 2009, the Illinois truck driver attempted to approach Oprah at a free concert along Chicago’s Michigan Ave. Oprah was the sponsor of the event.
After he managed to slip past security, Oprah told him to give his phone number to one of the bodyguards. Mitchell gave his number, but Oprah never called him.
Mitchell has also left countless messages for her at Harpo Studios, but she refuses to return his calls.
The repeated and failed attempts to make contact with Oprah prompted Mitchell to ask Radar Online for help. He wants to know why Oprah abandoned him when he was 17-years-old.
“The only reason I went to the media was because it was the only way I could get her attention,” he told Radar. “I wanted to ask Oprah, ‘Why did you leave me? Why did you leave me?’”
It appears that no one in the Winfrey family will acknowledge Mitchell. Even Oprah’s father, Vernon Winfrey, refuses to meet his secret grandson.
“I’m all right if I don’t meet him,” the elder Winfrey told Radar. “It doesn’t matter!”