Mitchell claims that he was so close to Winfrey she asked his mother to adopt him. Mitchell’s mother:
It felt strange because I felt if someone wanted to help me with my children, that’s one thing. But to actually adopt one child knowing I have others? I couldn’t allow her to separate my children.
He claims that after treating him like a son for five years, Winfrey gave up on him after he left The Piney Woods School, a prestigious Christian-based boarding school, that she had paid his tuition for.
She told me, ‘Calvin, just try to work it out. You can do it. Just hang in there.’ She was trying to inspire me to do what was right. But even after the long pep talk she gave me, I still left…I was young. I made a dumb decision, and Oprah wouldn’t forgive me. I feel like what she did was wrong. By leaving school, I’d failed my whole family. I want to ask Oprah, ‘Why did you leave me? Why did you leave me?’ But I thought Oprah and Stedman would still be a part of my life. At one point, it was like I’d lost my whole world.