Super Soul Sunday
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What does the world need most? What is designer Nate Berkus most grateful for? Where does he feel most at home? Watch as Oprah and Nate go soul to soul in another round of life's biggest questions.
Since he was a little boy, designer Nate Berkus has been drawn to the sea. In 2004, he survived the Indian Ocean tsunami, a natural disaster that took the lives of more than 200,000 people, including his partner, Fernando Bengoechea. Find out what it was like for Nate to return to the sea after losing Fernando and why the water now brings him comfort.
Nate Berkus says that since surviving the Indian Ocean tsunami on December 26, 2004, he's never defined himself by anything other than his ability to survive. In fact, he says, he doesn't recognize the person he was before the tsunami hit. Find out why Nate says he trusts himself and likes himself more today, and hear why he wouldn't trade everything he's learned post-tsunami for the world.
Fernando Bengoechea was a photographer who traveled the world on assignment and was the love of designer Nate Berkus' life. The two met on a photo shoot for O at Home magazine in 2003. Watch as Nate explains the powerful connection they had that very first day and shares how Fernando showed Nate a bigger, more beautiful life than he could have imagined for himself.
In 2010, Nate Berkus got what he called the opportunity of a lifetime: his own daily talk show. The Nate Berkus Show ran for two seasons before being canceled. Watch as he speaks honestly about why he thinks the show didn't work and how he lost sight of what really mattered to him when it was on.
Designer Nate Berkus says he knew from the time he was 8 or 9 that he was gay, but he didn't come out to his family until he was in college. In fact, Nate says, his stepfather found out before he even told him. Watch as Nate opens up about that conversation with his stepfather and how his mother reacted. Plus, Nate offers advice to people who want to come out and to their families.
Designer Nate Berkus says that when he came out to his family, his father had the hardest time. Nate says he eventually sat down with his father and explained that being gay is not a choice; it's the way he was born. Watch as Nate shares the story of the conversation that moved their relationship forward.
Some may say valuing the things in your home is materialistic, but designer Nate Berkus says the things we surround ourselves with tell the story of who we are. The best homes, he says, are put together over time with items that have meaning to us. Watch as he reveals the three questions to ask yourself before bringing anything home.
Designer Nate Berkus says the most-treasured items in his home are two photographs given to him by the love of his life, photographer Fernando Bengoechea. Fernando gave them to Nate just before he lost his life in the 2004 tsunami. In this Breathing Space, spend some time in California's Joshua Tree National Park, the inspiration behind Fernando's photos, and think about the things that matter in your life.
They've done dozens of shows together, but Oprah and design expert Nate Berkus have never had a conversation like this before! Nate opens up about coming out, the cancellation of his talk show, and more. Watch the full episode on demand.
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