Oprah has no regrets about turning down a marriage proposal from her partner of 34 years

Sarah Ilston
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From Red Online

Oprah Winfrey has opened up about her 34 year relationship with partner Stedman Graham, penning an honest and insightful essay for the February issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

Although the pair have been dating since 1986, they have never married. In fact, Winfrey, now 65, actually turned down Graham's marriage proposal in 1993, after quickly realising that 'my life with the show was my priority, and we both knew it'.

Despite holding one of the longest standing relationships in the industry, the hugely successful talk show host maintains that she 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.'

She went on to admit that had they wed, Winfrey and her longtime love 'would not still be together'. Instead she chooses to describe the pairing as a 'spiritual partnership' in O magazine.

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Despite living most of his adult life as 'Mr Oprah', Graham has carved out a successful career and identity away from his partner. The 68-year old teaches Identity Leadership around the world and has written multiple books on the subject. He also hosts his Good Life Project project podcast, which is described as '[helping] people discover their identities, live their lives and lead from a place of alignment as a way to find success'.

This certainly sounds a lot like a certain talk show host to us. In fact, Winfrey says 'sharing all the values that matter (integrity being number one)' is probably why they make such a good pairing.

The couple clearly share a mutual admiration for each other's work, with The Oprah Winfrey Show host proudly revealing that 'anyone who’s ever met him is always amazed by what a genuine gentleman he is'.

'He’s so positive. Wants the best for me and everyone he knows. He’s appropriately named because he’s steady as a mountain. Even-tempered, accountable, trustworthy, patient.'

'We relish seeing the other fulfil and manifest their destiny and purpose.'

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