Whether you like her or not, there is one thing about Oprah Winfrey that everyone can agree on: she is a fantastic show host.
Her life hasn’t always been simple, though. When she was very young, she had to endure some difficult moments, but those circumstances just made her stronger and more determined to succeed.
Stedman Graham, Oprah’s longtime partner, and she are currently dating. The two have actually been engaged for 29 years, but they’ve never exchanged vows, scroll down to find out the reason why.
Although they haven’t addressed the rumors, some magazines have speculated that the pair intends to wed in a small ceremony at their opulent Montesito house.
The reality is that they both frequently stated in the past that getting married would only make everything more complicated and that their relationship wouldn’t have endured.
Oprah and Graham don’t have any children, and they are perfectly fine with their decision because that’s something they both wanted.
“He’s never demanding anything from me like, ‘Where’s my breakfast? Where’s my dinner?’ Never any of that, which I believed would have changed had we married,” Oprah Winfrey said of her fiancé, according to Yahoo.
“No question about it — we would not stay married, because of what that would have meant to him, and I would have had my own ideas about it. I have not had one regret about that.
“At one point in Chicago, I had bought an additional apartment because I was thinking, ‘Well, if we get married, I’m going to need room for children,’” she added.
Oprah said she believed motherhood requires responsibility and “sacrifice.”
“I realized, ‘Whoa, I’m talking to a lot of messed-up people, and they are messed up because they had mothers and fathers who were not aware of how serious that job is,’” she told People.
“I don’t have the ability to compartmentalize the way I see other women do. It is why, throughout my years, I have had the highest regard for women who choose to be at home with their kids, because I don’t know how you do that all day long. Nobody gives women the credit they deserve.”
At one point in her life, Oprah was pregnant and gave birth to a son. She was just 14 at the time. According to the host herself, the boy was born prematurely and died shortly after. She opened up about the experience when speaking at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, according to news.com.au.
“I did an interview with a reporter before I came to Australia and she said you should name the baby son who died,” Oprah reportedly told the audience of 15,000, as reported by People. “So I have named him; I had a little boy named Canaan,” she reportedly said, not specifying the spelling. “I did have a son. And I named him Canaan because Canaan means new land, new life.”
The pregnancy was a result of s*xual abuse that Oprah opened up about in the past. “I was raped at 9 years old by a cousin, then again by another family member, and another family member,” Winfrey reportedly said, adding that she tried to hide her pregnancy at 14 because she felt so much “pain and shame.”
Despite the experience being painful it has made her the strong woman she is today.