The media mogul Oprah Winfrey has come to face to face with a man claiming to be her “secret son.”
A surprising story below…
Winfrey (who is worth a reported $3 billion) was on her way out of an interview with ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ when she was confronted by 35-year-old truck driver Calvin Mitchell.
There, outside of Manhattan’s Ed Sullivan Theatre, did he run towards her and ask if she remembered him to which she reportedly replied:
Honey, I’m on my way to the United Nations right now so I can’t talk to you.
Her decision not to engage with Mitchell may be because his “ambush” was planned by the National Enquirer who he has been working with to share details of his history with the philanthropic business woman who he claims tried to adopt him.
The Daily Mail reports:
Mitchell said he charmed Oprah when they first met by offering her a Diet Coke, and she offered him a job as her ‘personal bodyguard’ before asking his mother Eva if she could adopt him.
‘It felt strange because I felt if someone wanted to help me with my children, that’s one thing,’ his 56-year-old explained.
‘But to actually adopt one child knowing I have others? I couldn’t allow her to separate my children.’
Winfrey would allegedly send gifts to the boy with notes addressed: ‘To my son Calvin, I love you.’
The 20-time Emmy winner also allegedly paid for Mitchell to attend the private Christian boarding school, The Piney Woods School, in Mississippi until he dropped out at age 17.
His decision to tout himself as the star’s “son” may confuse those who know that Winfrey doesn’t have any children but stems from his belief that he would have been if not his biological mother’s decision to block the adoption process.
He now believes Winfrey is no longer interested in him after he left the prestigious school she’d paid for him to attend even after he claims she begged him to remain there.
I was young. I made a dumb decision, and Oprah wouldn’t forgive me. I feel like what she did was wrong.
‘She told me, “Calvin, just try to work it out. You can do it. Just hang in there.” She was trying to inspire me to do what was right. But even after the long pep talk she gave me, I still left.’
I just wanted to come home, and Oprah didn’t understand that.’
Mitchell wouldn’t be the first member of Oprah’s “family” to receive international attention.
In 2011 she used her hit talk show to reveal that she had discovered a biological sister she didn’t know she had.