Oprah Reveals Why She Will Never Marry Longtime Beau Stedman Graham


2010 Kennedy Center HonorsMarriage is one experience that has eluded the billionaire media mogul Oprah Winfrey. While attending the wedding of her friend and musician Tina Turner back in July, the thought of marriage crossed her mind again.

Winfrey recently told Access Hollywood when asked if she would leave the world a “never-married” woman, “Yes. Yeah, I think that’s my final answer.”

She added, “I think that it’s interesting that you would ask it because I thought about it again at Tina Turner’s wedding. Because Tina was like, ‘Oprah, you need to do this. You need to do it.’ I was just thinking, ‘Well, OK, would things really be different?’ And no, I don’t think so.”

Winfrey said her longtime partner Stedman Graham shares the sentiment that marriage would have destroyed their relationship.

“If you ever interviewed him, he would tell you that had we married, we would not be together today. Because he’s a traditional man and this is a very untraditional relationship.”

Winfrey goes on to explain that she couldn’t be a wife because the word holds responsibilities she doesn’t feel capable of handling.

“I think it’s acceptable as a relationship, but if I had the title ‘wife,’ I think there would be other expectations for what a wife is and what a wife does. First of all, you’ve got to come home sometimes.”

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