Oprah Winfrey is taking things "slow" with her half-sister
The 56-year-old talk show host recently discovered she had a secret sibling, Patricia, and while she is thrilled to have a new addition to her family, Oprah knows they can-t rush their relationship.
Speaking on `The Gayle King Show`, Oprah said: "We`re taking it slow. I think it`s about building a relationship one conversation - one experience - at a time."
Oprah - who shares the same birth mother as 47-year-old Patricia, who was given up for adoption shortly after her birth because mum Vernita Lee couldn`t afford to raise her - says the pair have bonded over some issues and are enjoying each other`s company.
She said: "I think we have the common interest of our mother. Everybody who`s dealing with an ailing parent understands that process of getting care for them. And we`re speaking regularly about that.
"She coming into the family at this time has been a great peace offering, a great symbol of peace-making in this family. I would say I see her as a gift."
Patricia discovered Oprah was her sister after she saw Vernita discussing her three other children on a TV interview in 2007 and began to work out her place in family history after her son Andre went online and found the birthdates of his mother`s siblings.
Patricia said: "We realised that Oprah could be my sister."
The single mother said she kept her connection to Oprah a secret because she didn`t want to cause a media circus.