Oprah Winfrey spoke at Rod Laver Arena last night in Melbourne to thousands of adoring fans where she opened up about the child that she lost at just 14 years old.

The incredible talk show host opened up about her painful past including sexual abuse by family members and falling pregnant at just 14.

Oprah gave birth to a son who arrived prematurely and died shortly after.

In an interview with an Australian reporter last month, the reporter told Oprah that she “should name the baby son who died.”

As a result, Oprah has only just named her son that she never held almost 50 years after he was born.

“So I have named him, I had a little boy named Canaan,” Oprah said. “And I named him Canaan because Canaan means new land, new life.”

Oprah has previously talked about her sexual abuse past but this is the first time she has revealed her son’s name.

What a beautiful meaning her chosen name has. I hope that it has helped Oprah find some peace.

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  • Very sad story but yes a beautiful meaning.


  • She has overcome so much to become the woman she is. Hers is an amazing story. Naming her baby helps to value his short life and I hope it helps her too.


  • I think this is a lovely way to remember the child she lost and to help with the grieving process.


  • Losing a child leaves a huge hole in your heart.


  • Such a tragic start to her life but she has overcome it all with such poise.


  • I am so sorry to hear about her son.


  • I knew she had suffered abuse from family but never knew that she had been pregnant. Lovely name she chose for her son.

    • I read her life story and it is very interesting and a good read.


  • Oprah never ceases to surprise and impress me. Talking about this stuff publicly – amazing and so very courageous. It docent matter how famous she is – this is tough.


  • The loss of a child is something you never get over


  • Aw, I didn’t know about her falling pregnant at age 14 and sexual abuse ! Bless her, she grew out to be a beautiful woman. Although her scars may stay, I hope her wounds have healed.


  • You never ever get over losing a baby.


  • Such a beautiful person who has suffered such loss and tragedy in her life. May the LORD bless and strengthen you Oprah and restore you all that the enemy has robbed you of 120%. God bless you.


  • To us, Oprah is a beautiful, strong and wise woman, but we don’t really know the heartache she went through unless she decided to tell all. That’s courage.


  • I was there – it was fantastic! Despite what a cynical Sydney reviewer said – she even DELAYED – and was NOT was deliberately (a la diva) late u twit! – the start if the show because NO ONE could get parking!!! No one missed the start thanks to her consideration!


  • I was there last night. I can tell you it was truly a very inspiring night, nothing fake or put on about her (despite a rather cynical reviewer’s opinion from Sydney).
    She also kindly delayed her show so all us poor Melbournians who had trouble parking (absolutely hopeless!) could see the start!!
    She did do a ‘diva act’ and be deliberately late Mr Reviewer in Sydney!


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