Even Oprah Winfrey one of the most recognizable, powerful, and richest women in the world apparently had some major issues in juggling all that was before in trying to stabilize her then struggling OWN cable network, taking on her upcoming role in the film, The Butler, and the rigors of conducting interview after interview.
Winfrey is is now revealing for the first time that she suffered a near nervous breakdown last year in an upcoming interview with Shaun Robinson of Access Hollywood that will air over several evening this week.
Winfrey, described the symptoms she experienced, stating that “It was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing. I thought … ‘if I don’t calm down I’m going be in serious trouble.’ I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? And I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.”
Winfrey went on to say that she realized what was happening to her during an interview in October of 2012 with director Jason Russell, who recounted his own nervous breakdown before his film, Kony was released. As Russell described his very public breakdown, Winfrey says she realized she could relate: “I was sitting and listening to Jason Russell describe his symptoms …. saying, ‘Um, this sounds pretty familiar to me,’” she said.
In addition, Winfrey told Access Hollywood’s Robinson that it wasn’t until her interview for OWN with singer Fergie, whose father was battling cancer at the time, that she decided to slow down and take better care of herself. “I had reached a point where I just couldn’t take in anymore stimulation,” she said.
ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday aired this package on Winfrey’s near breakdown reveal! Let us know what you think of Oprah coming forth with her revelation to the media?