The 67-year-old media mogul had detailed the trauma of her upbringing in her new book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing. She spent the first six years of her life in rural Mississippi with her grandma, Hattie Mae, who regularly beat her for the ‘slightest reasons.’ Once, it was so bad that ‘one of the welts from my back opened up and bloodied the dress’ she was wearing. The mogul said the beatings, and how she’d have to smile after, turned her into a ‘people pleaser’ who had trouble setting boundaries well into adulthood. When she moved to Milwaukee to live with her mother at age six, the boarding house owner refused to let her sleep in the house, and her mother didn’t argue. Oprah said she ‘rarely felt loved’ growing up and called her mother, Vernita Lee, ‘cold’ and ‘distant.’ Previously, the star has discussed that she was raped and abused by family friends and gave birth to a baby at 14 who died a week later.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail