Oprah Winfrey shares why she never got married despite being with her partner, Stedman Graham, for more than 30 years.
Oprah Winfrey has been the role model for many young women across the globe. She is a global icon that has touched the hearts & souls of so many people. Recently, the 66-year-old Oprah revealed why she never married her partner, despite them being together for more than 30 years.
In an essay published in O Magazine, Oprah opened up about her relationship with Stedman Graham, who proposed to her in 1993. 66-year-old opened up about the doubts that shortly crept after they got engaged.
Sharing how there is a good reason the couple never tied the knot, Oprah mentioned:
“I realised I didn’t actually want a marriage…I wanted to be asked. I wanted to know he felt I was worthy of being his missus, but I didn’t want the sacrifices, the compromises, the day-in-day-out commitment required to make a marriage work. My life with the show was my priority, and we both knew it.”
She further added how both she and her partner, Graham, believe that if they had got married they would not still be together.
“He and I agree that had we tied the marital knot, we would not still be together.
Our relationship works because he created an identity beyond being “Oprah’s man” (he teaches Identity Leadership around the world and has written multiple books on the subject). And because we share all the values that matter (integrity being number one). And because we relish seeing the other fulfill and manifest their destiny and purpose.”
“Anyone who’s ever met him is always amazed by what a genuine gentleman he is. He’s so positive. Wants the best for me and everyone he knows. He’s appropriately named because he’s steady as a mountain. Even-tempered, accountable, trustworthy, patient.”
Oprah went ahead and defined her relationship with her partner as a “spiritual partnership”, which is a “partnership between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth”.
At IFORHER, we are in awe of Oprah and her inspiring message of how it is fine to create your own path and not walk down on the same path as expected from you. Some time back, even Asha Parekh shared how even at age of 77, she has no regret of being single and never getting married. All these brave women are inspiring us to live life on our own terms. In the end, we all are different and hence, our path could be different too.