When you think of Oprah, you could say she is pretty fearless.

But, not when it comes to balloons. She is actually VERY afraid of them!

Oprah told PEOPLE Magazine: "I don't like balloons, and for my 40th birthday my entire staff decided to surprise me. I come downstairs and the entire audience is filled with balloons. Literally, I'm stepping over balloons, having to walk through balloons and I'm so, like, 'Oh! When is one going to pop?'"

She said when balloons pop, they remind her of gunshots! But, she had to face her fears and that's what inspired her October issue of O Magazine.