Brandy is explaining the reason she lied on The Oprah Winfrey Show many years ago.
Appearing on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" this Sunday, Brandy tells Oprah that she lied about being married to the father of her daughter, Robert Smith, because her image, following success with shows and movies like "Moesha" and "Cinderella," was threatened.
"I felt the pressure of having to be perfect. And I was scared," Brandy tells Oprah in a new teaser for the episode. "I thought that everything that I have worked hard for and everything that I worked to build — the image that I worked so hard to build — was threatened."
As seen back in 2002, Brandy, at 23 years old and pregnant, told Oprah that she and Robert Smith had secretly wed the Summer before her interview and she also appeared on an MTV series ("Brandy: Special Delivery") chronicling her journey. When the couple parted ways Smith revealed that they were never married.
"At that time, being pregnant out of wedlock was not a trend. It was a sin," Brandy tells Oprah of that time. "I'm really sorry for that. I mean, you just don't lie to Oprah."