Odd things about Oprah and Stedman's relationship
She describes Oprah's relationship with close confidante Gayle King, 59, as ' bizarre' and 'unhealthy,' and points to it as the reason that neither. Oprah and Stedman have kept quiet about their relationship for more than 30 years, even if it may look strange to outsiders and involve a lot of Gayle King. That's Barbara Winfrey, stepmother to Oprah, giving her sassy and unfiltered on the nature of Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King's relationship.
It was just the opposite.
Also in the clip, there's some brief talk about a Christmas list, which has to be insane. How do we get in on that? Her stepmother aired a lot of their dirty laundry Getty Images InOprah's former stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, began spilling secrets to the Daily Mail.
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This began after Oprah's father divorced Barbara and allegedly encouraged his famous daughter to evict his ex-wife from their mansion. Unbeknownst to Barbara, Oprah's name was on the mortgage.
For the record, Oprah's spokesperson told the The Daily Beast that Barbara was "offered several different living arrangements. He is financially dependent on her.
He knows her secrets and she knows his," Barbara told the Daily Mail. He's there at her beck and call.
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He knows his role in her life. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. She allegedly had him followed Getty Images While Oprah and Stedman have been open about living separate, independent lives, her estranged stepmother Barbara added some suspicious layers by claiming she'd "never once witnessed them hold hands or kiss," according to the Daily Mail.
She also claimed Stedman traveled a lot, but would often fly to wherever Oprah was at the drop of a hat. In the People cover story announcing their engagement, King features prominently in the event.
King was not only present for the proposal, but she also coaxed Oprah to appear on her Hartford, Conn. King's presence shouldn't be that odd. She's best friends with Oprah, and it's really not that out of the ordinary for close friends to witness a proposal.
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But that hasn't stop tabloid speculation, or Oprah's own stepmother, from insinuating otherwise. Gayle was more present that Stedman. According to the New York PostKelley claims Oprah has had a series of "lesbian affairs" and only "attached" herself to Stedman to "appear more normal to her audience of housewives. People think I'd be so ashamed of being gay that I wouldn't admit it?
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Stedman's niece tried to shop a tell-all book Getty Images Not long after Oprah put out the fires started by her stepmother's interview with the Daily Mail, Stedman's niece decided to get into the act by shopping around a tell-all book about the famous couple in According to the National Enquirerthe book would include "Oprah's alleged drug use, jealousy, cheating, vicious gay rumors and explosive comments made by her dad.
While one could assume Oprah and the niece probably came to a very lucrative agreement, there's one other factor to consider: I'm not even kind of a lesbian," Winfrey said. That is not the way I run my life. Oprah, The Next Chapter," Thursday at 9 p. Stedman Graham Is the Love of My Life While her friendship with King has taken center stage -- the duo's latest adventure was a camping trip in Yosemite National Park that aired on the talk show -- another big part of Oprah's personal life is an increasingly private and misunderstood relationship with Stedman Graham, a businessman, entrepreneur and speaker.
Winfrey and Graham have been a couple since and were engaged inbut never married. Over the last several years, they have made few public appearances together, fueling tabloid speculation about the legitimacy of their relationship.
When pressed by Walters, Winfrey said Graham is still the man in her life. And still hold his own and be his own. No matter where she lives, Winfrey says she and Graham have no plans to marry and start a family, though they long considered adoption. Every time I went to Africa he didn't know when I got off the plane if I was going to have one or two or ten children," Winfrey told Walters.
Instead of a family, the driven Winfrey built a business empire.
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So I have no regrets about that. She will shift her focus onto a new venture, the launch of her network, OWN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, which debuts in January and will feature a combination of in-depth documentaries and reality shows featuring Winfrey and others.
While OWN's debut will mark the realization of another career goal for the media mogul, it's a shift into uncharted territory.