Oprah Winfrey has opened up about the passing of both Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. While at the premiere of OWN’s new series, “Love Is __,” Winfrey tells “Extra” that their recent suicides, along with the deaths of anyone, teaches us something we can all use a lesson in.
“Every death, not just Anthony Bourdain, not just Kate Spade, not just people who are famous and names that we know... every death is here to teach us how to live better,” Oprah offers. “Every death is here to remind us of our own life and the value of it. So what will come of these deaths in sequence like this, the suicides, is a more open desire to talk about it. There are lots and lots of people who have not been forthcoming because they are ashamed still of talking about mental illness in their family and mental illness in people around them, but it is serious and it is real."
The Queen of All Media goes on to say that the pressures of social media and “society in general” have a lot to do with the way people feel about themselves “because everybody is trying to maintain a standard that cannot be held.” She notes, “I think it's an open door for conversation for all of us to get better.”