Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham have been in a committed relationship for three decades, but have never tied the knot.
Winfrey, 65, shared in an essay for OprahMag.com on Thursday that she and Graham, 68, agree that if they had ever gotten married they “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),” she wrote. “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.”
However, Graham did propose to the famed TV host in 1993, but Winfrey said she realized then that it was more important to her to be asked than to actually walk down the aisle.
“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,” she said. “My life with the show was my priority, and we both knew it.”
Winfrey previously opened up about the couple’s decision to never marry in a 2017 interview with Vogue, saying, “marriage requires a different way of being in this world.”
She said, “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.”
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