related Oprah Winfrey dishes on why she and Stedman Graham never married after 34 years together

Oprah Winfrey dishes on why she and Stedman Graham never married after 34 years together

Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham have been partners for almost 34 years and she even accepted his proposal in 1993 but they never officially tied the knot.

The couple not getting married despite being together that long has been the subject of various conversations.

In a revealing new interview, the American veteran TV host finally revealed why she never got married to the educator.

Oprah got candid about her relationship with Graham as she graced the cover of February 2020 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. 

She said:
"In 1993, the moment after I said yes to his proposal, I had doubts. I realized 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."
Oprah said she and Stedman both feel as though not walking down the aisle was the best decision they could have made. 
"He and I agree that had we tied the marital knot, we would not still be together,' she continued. 'Our relationship works because he created an identity beyond being "Oprah's man."

Oprah also recalled thinking Graham was a “player” when she first met him.
"I thought he was nice enough, but I wasn’t that impressed. He was polite, yes, and kind. The sort of guy who sits with an ailing friend. Tall and handsome, for sure. But actually too handsome, I thought, to be interested in me,” she said.
“I figured he must be a player. So did all my producers. They warned me not to get involved with that Stedman guy.
 "So I proceeded with caution, even with a friendship. It wasn't until months later, when I learned he'd broken up with his girlfriend and had been inquiring about my dating status, that I gave him a serious thought."
Oprah ended by saying her relationship with Stedman is what spiritual teacher Gary Zukav calls a spiritual partnership: 'partnership between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth.'  

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