Oprah Winfrey: “I’ve never wanted to get married”
Oprah Winfrey at the premiere for Their Eyes Were Watching God, El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, California. Picture by: Russ Einhorn.
Oprah Winfrey has finally revealed why she has never married longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham – because she didn't want to.
The talk-show host, 56, makes the revelation in the 10th anniversary edition of her magazine, O.
In a special interview with a handful of readers, she was asked how she feels about never having married.
Winfrey replied: "Actually, Stedman asked me to marry him and, at first, I said yes. But it turned out that I wanted to be asked to be married more than I wanted to be married.”
Winfrey revealed that Graham proposed to her 17 years ago in 1993 – the same year that she announced she was to write her autobiography in time for her 40th birthday.
In the end, she decided to do neither.
She said: "Everybody was going to give me a… [bridal] shower. And I was saying, 'I don't want this, I don't want this'… It just felt like the wrong thing for me.
“This was at the same time I was supposed to have the book coming out… 14 September or something, and our wedding had been scheduled for 8 September. We had a date and everything.”
She added: "So Stedman says, 'Well, I don't want to have my wedding in competition with your book'. And I remember thinking, 'Yes! Really? OK, great!'
"I ended up cancelling both and we have never discussed it since that day."