Oprah Winfrey Spent Her Mother's Day with Her 'Daughter Girls' (Video)

Maria Varela
May 17, 2019
08:56 A.M.
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Oprah Winfrey delights in the company of her "daughters" spending Mother's Day with them in the absence of her mother. The talk show host's mom died last year and it was her first Mother's Day without her. 


It was the first time Oprah Winfrey spent mother’s day without her mother so she found comfort in her “daughters” instead.  



On Thanksgiving in 2018, Oprah’s mother, Vernita died at the age of 83. Oprah has been vocal about their complicated relationship but they made amends and the talk show host did everything she could to have a meaningful goodbye. 


In the May issue of her O Magazine, the media mogul described the final days she spent with Vernita who gave birth to her at the age of 17. The host who often has a lot of things to say found herself grappling for words in what she thought was the last time she was going to see her mother. 

But she returned “to finish the unfinished business,” she recounted, and that she did. She thanked her mother for raising her despite her youth. Oprah understood how hard it must have been for Vernita to make the decision to keep her. The 65-year-old told Vernita she was grateful she wasn’t given away or aborted because “look how it’s all turned out.”



On Mother’s Day, to fill the void Vernita left, Oprah decided to celebrate the mother in her by spending time with the women she calls her “daughters.” They are her scholars from her school in South Africa who look up to her as their second mother. 

In a clip she shared on her Instagram, Oprah was in high spirits surrounded by 14 ladies who clearly adore her.  

“I didn’t actually birth children but I have a lot of children,” she tells her followers before she and the rest of the girls chorused, “Happy Mother’s Day!” 

“This is my first Mothers day on earth without a mother,” Oprah captioned the clip and added,


“So happy to share with all my daughter girls from South Africa and my niece @chrishaundalee ,Celebrating Gloria’s (to my left )wedding yesterday and Mothers day today! Blessings to all the Mothers.”



Oprah’s Leadership Academy for Girls was established in 2007 and aims to provide education for underprivileged teenage girls in South Africa. Aside from empowering these girls, Oprah has also made it an effort to shower them with fancy outings including dinners and watching plays. 

The extent to which Oprah treats these girls as her daughters is admirable. In fact, she recently went bridal gown shopping with one of them and purchased her a $10k dress. 

Oprah may not have birthed children, but she is more a mother than most mothers could ever be.