Oprah Winfrey Confirms She Nearly Had a Nervous Breakdown

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Oprah Winfrey has admitted she suffered from symptoms of a nervous breakdown earlier this year.

When asked by “Access Hollywood” if there was any validity to media reports that she had a nervous breakdown, Oprah confirmed, “That is true.”


Oprah attends the L.A. premiere of The Butler (KTLA)

The media mogul said her medical emergency was brought on by stress while she was juggling her then struggling television channel, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), and shooting “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”

The 59-year-old realized something was wrong while interviewing Jason Russell, director of Kony 2012, who had a psychological breakdown and was seen running naked in San Diego.

“I was sitting and listening to Jason Russell describe his symptoms…. Saying, ‘Um, this sounds pretty familiar to me,’” Winfrey told “Access Hollywood.”

At that point, the businesswoman, actress and talk show host decided to slow things down and she was able to regain control.

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