Oprah Winfrey is a liar! Well that’s the words coming out from the media mogul’s cousin Katherine Carr Esters, who has accused the Winfrey of embellishing stories of her poverty-stricken background, insisting that her fame cousin was “spoiled”.
This comes in light of the severe scrutiny the media mogul has come under in the new book Oprah by gossip writer Kitty Kelley.
In an interview with Kelley, Winfrey was accused by her relative to have exaggerated tales of her poor childhood, claiming that while the family wasn’t wealth to refute the abject poverty stories her cousin have constantly held, and that Oprah was relatively “spoiled”.
Esters says, “Where Oprah got that nonsense about growing up in filth and roaches I have no idea. I’ve confronted her and asked, ‘Why do you tell such lies?’ Oprah told me ‘That’s what people want to hear. The truth is boring.’”
In an interview with EW.com, the book’s author, Kelley, adds, “I was having lunch with Ms. Esters, and she was talking about Oprah’s lies. And I said, ‘Well, are they really lies? They’re more colourful stories.’ And Mrs. Esters is saying, ‘No, those are lies. She said she was raised in abject poverty. Oprah said she never had a pretty dress until she was successful. She was beautifully dressed as a child.’ I said, ‘Is that the most important thing?’ And she looked at me and said, ‘No, the most important thing is that we were poor folks down there. But she was raised as an only child, and she had the full and undivided attention of all of these adults who spoiled her to death. And that was the reason she was so precocious and successful.’”
The global media personality known by her first name has often claimed a story of abject poverty, saying her family was so poor that she dressed in potato sacks and adopted cockroaches as pets while growing up in rural Mississippi.