In an emotional interview with The Los Angeles Times, the talk show host opened up about her experience during the height of the pandemic and the impact it had on her.
Winfrey confessed that she didn’t leave her house for 322 days out of fear of catching COVID-19.
“My empathy and understanding of what that must be like to go through that is how I have been relating. I’ve been so careful with myself that my own friends make fun of me,” she told the outlet.
“I didn’t leave home for 322 days – literally did not leave the house. So it has not been for me personally a heavy burden to bear.”
According to LA Times (via Insider), Winfrey said the feeling started to wear on her toward the later months of 2021 and that she was surprised with how well she had adapted to isolation at home.
I didn’t leave home for 322 days – literally did not leave the house. So it has not been for me personally a heavy burden to bear.
“I remember one point [Gayle King] said, ‘Don’t you just miss being around other people?’ I go, ‘Eh, not really.’ And I think it’s because every day, I was in an audience of 350 people twice a day, so I’ve had shaking hands and autographs and selfies, and lots of attention, and exposure to being around a lot of people,” Winfrey continued.
“I was able to be with myself in a way that I haven’t been able to for years, because usually, even if I take time off for myself, I’m thinking about what is the next thing to come.”
The Oprah’s Book Club star is currently promoting The Color of Care, a documentary she’s producing about racial inequity in healthcare. In the same interview with LA Times, she also discussed her own experiences with privilege and racism in healthcare – including the time a doctor misdiagnosed a thyroid issue that caused her to have heart palpitations.
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