Piers Morgan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired last night on OWN, was both candid and revealing. During the interview, which was conducted at his home in London, Morgan talked about everything from his wife’s struggle with depression to the current state of their marriage. He also opened up about her secret diet and exercise habits. The couple has a 20-year-old son, Jack, who is an aspiring musician. Here are some interesting excerpts from the interview:
Oprah Reveals Piers’ Most Embarrassing Moment
When it came to discussing his wife’s depression, Morgan was open and honest about the struggles she had faced. He noted that, initially, he had not been prepared to accept the extent of her problems. After all, he had met Rhiannon in college and, at the time, she seemed happy and bubbly. During an episode of depression that lasted for a year, Rhiannon attempted to take her own life by overdosing on pills. Fortunately, she was hospitalized and given the proper treatment. Since then, she had experienced mostly remission and had managed to keep the weight off, which helped her to feel better about herself. For his part, Morgan had tried his best to be supportive and understanding. He admitted that, at first, he had found it hard to believe that a woman he had dated for six years could be so depressed that she did not want to leave her house. It took time for him to accept and understand what was really going on. He said:
It wasn’t just a couple of months of sad moments. It was a year of suffering. I found it hard to believe that after all that time, she could start feeling that way again. So, I didn’t accept it at first. She would have these ups and downs, but she wouldn’t tell me about them. She would either cry or be angry, but she wouldn’t talk about it. So, my initial reaction was to ignore it. Ignore the signs. It’s only depression if you want to. Don’t let it get to you. But, eventually, I accepted it and tried to work through it with her. I would sit with her and try to encourage her. But, at the same time, I would keep my distance. I still have that distance; I think she still loves me, but it’s a different kind of love.
Jack Reveals His Ingenuity And The Reason Behind His Nickname
Morgan also talked about how he came to be known as ‘Piers Morgan’, revealing that, initially, he had used the name ‘Piers Hughes’ as a stage name. The journalist adopted the name, which stood for ‘penis’ and ‘intelligence’, after a friend told him that he had the ‘fingerprint’ of a penis’ on his right index finger. Upon further investigation, Morgan discovered that his nickname had been given to him while he was still a toddler. A doctor had mistakenly believed that he was measuring his son’s penis, instead of his own. Since then, Jack has embraced the nickname and often refers to himself as ‘Piers Morgan’ in interviews.
The interviewer then turned to discuss the couple’s contentious marriage, asking Morgan if there had been any times when he had felt proud to be his wife’s husband. Morgan laughed and said:
Every day. It’s one of the few things I can honestly say that I’m proud of. Even when the divorce papers were filed, I still thought she would come back. I’m still in shock that she didn’t. We have a lot of love to give. We have a family that we want to grow and be around. I’m not going anywhere, but, at the same time, I don’t want to stay in this marriage for the rest of my life. It’s not something I want to do. It’s not fair to either of us. But it’s a choice that we have to make. I don’t want to be with someone who doesn’t want to be with me.
Jack Dances To Describe The State Of Their Relationship
During one of their interviews, Morgan and Winfrey discussed why their marriage was in such a state. Winfrey said that she did not blame Morgan for his wife’s decision to end their engagement, as she knew that he had loved her and tried his best to make things work. As her interviewer, it was Morgan’s turn to respond. He did so by having his son Jack dance for him, as he described the state of their marriage. The dancer moved his body gracefully around the room as he described their situation, expressing how difficult it had been to cope with their separation. He also spoke about how much he loved his wife and how much he missed having her in his life. At one point, during a particularly lively dance, Morgan raised his middle finger in the air, as if to indicate that, although he was proud to be his son’s dance partner, he also felt that he was now being judged by his fellow TV viewers. The interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on Tuesday, July 24, is now available to stream on Netflix.