Oprah Says It's OK to Indulge on Your Birthday

'This is me on my birthday eating cornbread and black-eyed field peas with rosé,' she wrote.

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New York, NY, USA - April 20, 2016: Actress, producer Oprah Winfrey attends the 'Greenleaf' premiere during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at the John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NYC

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You get a pass and you get a pass and you get a pass and you get a pass … to eat two pieces of, I guess, whatever you want, on your birthday.

Oprah says so.

“This is me on my birthday eating cornbread and black-eyed field peas with rosé,” Oprah Winfrey shared in a video posted on her Instagram page marking her 64th birthday on January 29. “Thank you, John Travolta for the glass. And I have to say, yes, I did. I had two pieces — two pieces. This is my second piece. Why? Because it’s my birthday. You can have two pieces on your birthday.”

“Favorite meal for my birthday! Thank you for all your birthday greetings. Much appreciated,” she added in a caption.

The video has been watched more than 2.5 million times and liked by more than 348,000 people, so Oprah’s message of annual indulgence has clearly been spread far and wide, and has been embraced by her fans and her friends.

“Happy happy birthday to my sweet friend @oprah. Forty years of friendship. Blessed. May this year be healthy & filled with memorable moments. Happy happy!!” wrote Maria Shriver on her Instagram page — along with a photo of Oprah and her smiling delightedly alongside a lovely white birthday cake featuring frosting flowers, candles and the message “Happy Birthday, My Friend.”

Of which, one imagines, Oprah quite possibly enjoyed two pieces.

In fact, it appears it wasn’t even Oprah’s only cake. Director Ava DuVernay posted a series of photos on Twitter of Oprah blowing out the candles on a candle-covered, two-tiered confection with the following tribute: “She lives her life like she’s holding hands w/ a friend. Trusting it. Listening to it. Loving it through storms + sunshine. May we treat our lives like a friend. Blow out the candles on each day with this much grace + gusto. She shows us how. Happy Bday, ‪@Oprah. At you, I marvel.”

Wow. And you thought “You can have two pieces on your birthday” was an inspirational message...

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