Oprah Winfrey says she will no longer speak to her ‘secret son’ after he sold …

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Oprah Winfrey ‘ambushed’ by man who claims to be her ‘secret son’ outside the Late Show.

Cape Town – Oprah Winfrey denies that she has a son, saying the “secret son” who ambushed her, is someone she tried to help decades ago and who she had broken all ties with. Reports claimed Winfrey was ‘ambushed’ by Calvin Mitchell, who she supported financially when he was a child, as she left the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York earlier this month.

Calvin Mitchell reckons they met on the set of the 1993 TV movie There Are No Children Here, and that Oprah opened negotiations to take him off his mother’s hands, but that the deal eventually fell apart. Calvin was one of the fans meeting Oprah who did a quick signing and meet-and-greet outside with fans, but Calvin’s appearance was actually a set-up by the National Enquirer who arranged for him to be there to confront Oprah. “He never was my son. We were shooting in the projects in Chicago and I was sitting on set during a break, and this cute little sparkly-eyed boy came underneath the yellow tape to hand me a soda.” Oprah admitted she was so “charmed” by him that she engaged in conversation with him and discovered his mum didn’t have a job and they lived in the projects. After the show, Oprah allegedly reached out to Mitchell’s family and asked to adopt him and while the request was denied by his mother, she remained close to the family.

He was later expelled and Oprah decided to send him to a private boarding school in Mississippi which she thought would be better for him, but at 16 he left after claiming “the teachers didn’t like him”. “I said, ‘Calvin, this is the moment. I know you are 16 and can’t see the road ahead, but if you leave this school and refuse to get an education — I have tried to offer you an education twice — there isn’t another school I can put you in. Thereafter, he took the opportunity of his terrifying proximity to Oprah outside the Colbert show to apologise for any distress this choice of outlet might have caused. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” he is said to have informed her across the security cordon. “It was the only way to get in touch with you.” As Oprah must harbour fears that Calvin’s face will be the last thing she sees before she dies, her response is a masterclass in keeping it light. “Honey,” she smiled. “I’m on my way to the United Nations right now, so I can’t talk to you.” Majestic. He told the site that the legendary star coughed up the cash for his expensive education at The Piney Woods School, a prestigious Christian-based boarding school.

We wish Oprah every success in managing the decline of the relationship, which I imagine has now been commuted to an annual exchange of restraining orders. When Winfrey and Graham were informed that Mitchell hadn’t been attending school, they discovered that part of the problem was that the family didn’t own any clocks. “We went out, Stedman and I, went to K-Mart that moment, got a bag full of clocks, came back to the house, taught them how to set the alarm and all that,” she said, adding that she told Mitchell she’d give him another chance. And that was my last conversation with Calvin in the early ’90s.” She said she was “disappointed” that he colluded with “The National Enquirer” to “set up” the awkward reunion. She instructed a staffer to get Calvin’s phone number. “I learned from that experience,” Winfrey said. “If you really want to change somebody’s life, you’ve got to be able to spend enough time with them to change the way they think about what their life can be.

After she was ambushed for a tabloid story while cameras clicked away to capture the very awkward interaction, Oprah said she could still see “the little boy” in Calvin’s eyes. Why did you go to the tabloids?’ “As I left, and he was looking so forlorn, he was like, ‘Can I speak to you?’ So I said to somebody on my team, ‘Will somebody get Calvin’s number so I can contact him later?’ I didn’t realise the whole thing was a setup. I made a dumb decision and Oprah wouldn’t forgive me.I feel like what she did was wrong,” Calvin told Radar, saying he became suicidal because Oprah Winfrey “abandoned” him. “She told me: ‘Calvin, just try to work it out. I just wanted to come home, and Oprah didn’t understand that.” Oprah has since given scholarships to hundreds of men to study at Morehouse College in Atlantha and continues to run her school for girls, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa which she pays for.

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