Oprah Winfrey and longtime love Stedman Graham won’t be tying the knot after all.
The 62-year-old media mogul denied she and Graham are getting married in a tweet Monday after rumors circulated last week about their reported wedding.
“6 people who know me well have called today congratulating me or surprised they weren’t invited to my wedding. It’s not true!!” she told her 33.8 million followers.
Star magazine’s Aug. 31 cover had declared that Winfrey and Graham were planning a “dream wedding” after 30 years of dating. Sources told the tabloid that Winfrey said “yes” after Graham jokingly brought up marriage.
“It suddenly dawned on her how Stedman has never asked her for anything or pressured her in any way,” an insider said. “Oprah connected the dots and realized it was her turn to show how much she cares about what he wants.”
“Everything with them is always very hush-hush, but the wedding will most likely be at Oprah’s private estate in Maui which is picture-perfect for a romantic ceremony,” the source added. “Oprah plans to fly everybody out to Maui at her own expense.”
Winfrey and Graham have largely kept their relationship out of the spotlight during their many years of dating. The couple were engaged in 1992 but never married, although Winfrey reconsidered the prospect after Tina Turner’s wedding in 2013.
“Tina was like, ‘Oprah, you need to do this. You need to do it,'” she told Access Hollywood the same year. “And I was just thinking, ‘Well, okay, would things really be different?’ And no, I don’t think so.”
“If you ever interviewed [Stedman], he would tell you that had we married, we would not be together today. Because he’s a traditional man and this is a very untraditional relationship,” the star explained.
Winfrey is instead focused on her new OWN series, Queen Sugar, which she is co-executive producing with Selma director Ava DuVernay. The media mogul stunned in a fitted black dress at the show’s premiere last week.
Stedman Graham, take Beyonce’s advice and “put a ring” on that beautiful, phat, black woman beside you.
Why my Southern Baptist brother, Stedman Graham, ought to make Oprah an honest woman and marry the princess of all media.
Stedman Graham, is the baddest playa-dawg of all time. Stedman Graham reminds me of the great-looking high school playa who had all the women wanting to be with him because he was light-skinned, had “good hair”, etc., and make no mistake about it, he played those women too, but he also had the most popular and smartest girl on a string and would not let her go so somebody else could have her because he knew how valuable she was – if for nothing else, to do his school work for him. As a grown man, this is exactly what Stedman Graham has been doing to our girl, the princess of all media, Oprah Winfrey, who, by the way, looks fabulous.
Well, I am going to play John the Baptist to my Baptist brother, Stedman Graham, and say to him what John the Baptist said to Herod in the Bible: “It is not lawful for thee” to shack-up with the princess of all media and her two dogs. Two dogs, son, is enough. You make three. Three is a crowd. Yes, that is right, I am telling Stedman Graham, to make the princess of all media an honest woman by making her his queen, and marrying her. And if he is not willing to marry her, he needs to move his behind and his stuff out of her house. Son, you have been on this gravy train long enough. Marry her or get out!
And by the way, nobody believes those lies Oprah is telling that she doesn’t want to get married to Stedman Graham. Stedman, you and I both know if you took Oprah to a nice restaurant, dropped down to one knee with a big shiny ring, after she got up from the floor because of fainting, she would burst out with tears of joy and say, “Yes, Yes, Yes, What took you so long?”
You are a Southern Baptist Christian and you know what you are doing is wrong. They taught you well in the church while you were growing up and at Hardin-Simmons University, a Christian-Southern Baptist university, which you graduated from.
Both of you are getting on up in age now. You need to stop acting like high school teenagers, grow up, get married, and set the right example for the young people that you both claim to be so concerned about. All of your speeches to young people and all of the money you give to their causes is not going to help them change if you are not setting the right example by living what you are saying.
Go ahead, Stedman, show some class and do the right thing. “Put a ring on it.”