While many people struggled with social distancing during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oprah Winfrey was not one of them.
“I have been so attentive to myself that my own friends make fun of me,” the talk show legend he told the Los Angeles Times in a long interview published on Friday. “I haven’t left the house for 322 days, literally I haven’t left the house.”
But the nearly year spent on his vast estate in California – nicknamed “The Promised Land” – it was not a difficulty.
“What surprised me the most is how I managed to adapt to isolation and not be around other people,” said Winfrey. “I remember one point [Gayle King] said, ‘Don’t you miss being with other people?’ I say, ‘Eh, not really.’ “
She believes part of the reason she adapted so well is that she balanced the years of intense social interaction her long career brought her.
“I was in an audience of 350 people twice a day, so I got handshakes, autographs and selfies, and a lot of attention and exposure to being around a lot of people,” he said. But when she started staying at home, she was “able to be with myself in a way that I haven’t been able to in years, because usually, even if I take a break for myself, I think about what the next thing will be. come.”
Winfrey, A billionaireshe recognized that she had a “very blessed and privileged life” and that a large part of the reason she was able to embrace isolation is that she didn’t have to worry about where her “next paycheck” was coming from.
Plus, she wasn’t completely alone all 322 days. For one thing, she had done it longtime partner Stedman Grahamalthough he did so in a famous way quarantine in retirement for two weeks at the start of the pandemic. It was also visited by close friend Gayle King – along with King’s team at CBS “This Morning” – to which he also subjected a strict quarantine protocol.
Winfrey was talking to the Times to promote “The color of the cure“, a new documentary she executive produced on the COVID-19 pandemic and racial disparities in the healthcare system. She was inspired to make the documentary after reading about Gary Fowlera black man who died of COVID in the spring of 2020 after several hospitals refused to help him.
She was “obsessed” with the story and a photograph of Fowler, he told the Detroit Free Presswhich was the first newspaper to cover the story.
“I want people to be aware that due to the color of your skin, there are disparities in your ability to receive your right healthcare,” she said.