Oprah Speaks Up About Alleged Son, "It Isn't Enough To Give A Person A New Life..."

Oprah Winfrey 61, has spoken up about her alleged son, Calvin Mitchel, 35, who showed up at her studio claiming to be her son as they were photographed together.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, she said: "I met Calvin around the early '90s,...

I think it was 1992. I was doing a film for television called There Are No Children Here.

"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.

"I was so charmed by him that I started talking to him about his family, his school life, and found out that he was in a situation where his mother didn't have a job and they were stuck in the projects."

Oprah and her partner Stedman Graham decided to pay for Calvin to attend a private school and help his mother get a job.

However, he ended up not cutting classes and was eventually expelled. "I had a long conversation with him about how disappointed I was but I was going to give him another chance."

Oprah enrolled her protégé in a Christian boarding school in Mississippi calledThe Piney Woods School, hoping that taking him out of his chaotic environment might provide the key to change.

Unfortunately he dropped out aged 17. "I said, 'Calvin, this is the moment. This is a seminal moment for you. 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.

"'If you leave this school, I am done. There is nothing else I can do.'

"And that was my last conversation with Calvin in the early '90s."

Oprah spoke to Calvin, now a truck driver, briefly and asked one of her staff members to get his phone number so she could contact him afterwards. He had made comments in the media, claiming that she had "abandoned" him after asking his mother if she could adopt him and that sent him into a deep depression.

When the TV personality realised that the meeting had been organised by a tabloid she became "hurt" and once again cut off contact.

The 61-year-old said she learned from her experience with Calvin's family, later starting a leadership programme for disadvantaged girls.

"(I realised) 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,’ she said.

"It isn't enough to give a person a new life or money or a new car, you have to teach them how to fish themselves."

Source: www.Hellomagazine.com