Oprah Winfrey, first African-American billionaire and popular for 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' retired a few years ago in 2011. So probably now she wants to focus on her personal life. Good for her.
Oprah Winfrey is currently dating an American author and businessman, Stedman Graham. That's no secret but why they have not tied the knot is more important. Why? Because it's been more than 30 years they have been dating.
If you ever get to pass by Chicago, make sure you go by the 'Oprah Winfrey Way'. Yup, Oprah Winfrey has a street named after her. She is after all Forbes' one of the most powerful celebrity.
Oprah Gail Winfrey is still on the FORBES list of the World’s Billionaires this year too. Okay, no more about her titles and wealth, we promise. Let's talk about her personal life.
As Oprah told 'Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.'
So this was actually why Oprah had chosen Stedman Graham as her longtime partner. She describes him as a man with dignity and respect.
Oprah and her longtime beau Stedman Graham
Oprah and Stedman first met at a charity event in Chicago in the year 1986. Winfrey had just moved from Baltimore to Chicago at the time. But it was not love at first sight, as Winfrey told in an interview with Larry King.
Stedman Graham and Oprah Winfrey still going strong Source: popsugar.com
Over years, they fell in love and eventually got engaged in 1992. The news of their engagement also came as a surprise. Stedman had proposed in as simple way as possible, not fancy at all.
So Oprah got her perfect man, Stedman. So now what's stopping them from being united in the holy matrimony? But it was not like Stedman did not want to get married to Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah Winfrey keeping simple with Stedman Graham at the Academy Awards on February 22, 2015. Source: upi.com
Actually, Stedman had proposed to Winfrey if she wanted to marry him. Oprah had agreed to the marriage proposal but then they had postponed it for some reason. Later they never talked about it.
Probably because they realized that they were good the way they were. There was another rumor about Oprah not wanting to marry Graham. While the reason, as a matter of fact, was quite different.
Oprah, as you might have known, did not have a happy childhood. As a child, she was rather unfortunate having to experience molestation, bullying and made fun of her poverty.
This tragedy actually made her decide that she was never going to get married. However, there was another reason too. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Oprah Winfrey told that she is not sure she could handle the responsibility of a wife.
We would not have stayed together, because marriage requires a different way of being in this world. His interpretation of what it means to be a husband and what it would mean for me to be a wife would have been pretty traditional, and I would not have been able to fit into that.
Stedman Graham and Oprah Winfrey spotted having a lunch together
People expected that 63-year-old Oprah would actually change her mind after she attended her close friend, Tina's wedding in 2013. Tina told Oprah on her wedding that she needed to get married. After thinking for a moment, Oprah simply replied
No, I don’t think so.
Not only Oprah but surprisingly when her 66-year-old beau was asked, he too replied similar version of hers. Wow, they really have a connection. No surprise the couple is one of the longest surviving couples in Hollywood.