Although engaged to Stedman Graham for 27 years, Oprah Winfrey never wanted to get married and have children.
Oprah Winfrey, 65, became engaged to her long-time partner Stedman Graham in 1992. Although they are still together, they have never married and never had children.
In an interview with People magazine, Oprah revealed that she has no regrets for not marrying or having children.
Winfrey said she had considered becoming a mother after her engagement with Graham.
“At one point in Chicago, I bought an extra apartment because I thought,” If we get married, I’ll need room for the kids . “
But she changed her mind because she witnessed “the breadth of responsibilities and sacrifices needed to be a mother” during her years on the Oprah Winfrey television show.
“I realized that I was talking to a lot of weird people and they are weird because their mothers and fathers did not know how serious that job was . “
“I do not have the ability to compartmentalize as I see other women. That’s why, throughout my life, I have had the greatest respect for women who choose to be at home (with) their children, because I do not know how you do this all day . Nobody gives women the credit they deserve, “ she continued.
The queen of talk shows also explained why Graham and she decided to stay engaged for so long. She thinks things would have “changed” between them if they got married.
“I thought about it all the time, that I worked 17 hours a day, and my producers too, and then I go home and I have my two dogs and I have Stedman, who lets me be who I have to be in. this world. He never demands anything from me like, “Where is my breakfast? Where is my dinner? Never anything, what I believe would have changed if we got married. If we got married, we would not be together anymore . “
“Without a doubt, we would not have remained married because of what it would have meant for him, and I would have had my own ideas about it . “
Until today, she still maintains her decision not to marry and have children. She manages to fill this gap with charity works.
“I have never had a single regret about it. I also believe that if I have no regrets, it’s partly because I was able to fill the void in the way that suited me best: the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. These girls fill this maternal emptiness that I might have had “ .