Oprah Explains Near Nervous Breakdown, Being A 'Never Married Woman'

Life & Love | Camille Travis | 09/24/2013 | 11:45 AM EDT

Oprah On Nervous Breakdown Rumor: 'That Is True'

Long before Oprah Winfrey could enjoy the fruits of her labor with the success of her OWN network and Lee Daniels' The Butler, the media maven found herself struggling to keep a clear mind.

In an interview with Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson, Winfrey admits the rumors about her near nervous breakdown were true due to the stress of building a network and filming a movie, among other tasks. After speaking with Jason Russell of 2012's Kony movement (who suffered a meltdown of his own), Lady O realized she wasn't too far off herself.

She stated:

"I was sitting and listening to Jason Russell describe his symptoms…. Saying, ‘Um, this sounds pretty familiar to me.

In the beginning, it was just sort of speeding and a kind of numbness and going from one thing to the next thing to the next thing. I will tell you when I realized that I thought, 'All right, if I don’t calm down I’m gonna be in serious trouble.' I was in the middle of doing voiceovers, you know? And I remember closing my eyes in between each page because looking at the page and the words at the same time was too much stimulation for my brain.

I mean, I wasn’t ready to go run naked in the streets. Let’s make that very clear. But I had reached a point where I just couldn’t take in anymore stimulation. Ok? That’s what I meant by that."

Winfrey went on to speak about her long-term relationship with Stedman Graham and her decision to be a "never married woman," explaining:

"That’s really OK with me. That’s really OK because Stedman would tell you this, Shaun, if you ever interviewed him, he would tell you that had we married, we would not be together today.

He’s a traditional man, and this is a very un-traditional relationship. And I think it’s acceptable as a relationship, but if I had the title 'wife'… I think that there would be other expectations for what a wife is and what a wife does."

Check out the entire interview over at Access Hollywood!

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