As predicted, Oprah Winfrey revealed to her audience that she has a half-sister -the family secret she had tipped.
Winfrey revealed that she learned she had a sister, Patricia, last October.
She was 9-years-old and living with her father in Tennessee when her mother, Vernita Lee, became pregnant with a daughter, Patricia, who was given up for adoption.
Born in 1963 in Milwaukee, Patricia would later live in a series of foster homes until the age of 7. She was then adopted, but said her childhood was “difficult.”
Patricia said she had tried years ago to learn the identity of the woman who gave her up for adoption, and only started to try again a few years ago at the insistence of her two adult children, who also appeared on Monday’s show.
Patricia said she feared her search would be fruitless after she received a telephone call from the state adoption agency, which reported that her birth mother had been contacted and did not wish to meet her.
But, coincidentally, on the local news that day, she saw a story about Winfrey’s mother, who described how two of her children had died.
Winfrey, who said DNA tests confirmed the two are half-sisters, met with Patricia and their mother in a pre-recorded segment of the show.
Winfrey also noted that Patricia had known of the secret since 2007, but had resisted selling her story.
UPDATED: Airing 8:30pm Friday on TEN.