Now the former talk-show titan is explaining the simple reason why marriage has never been part of their partnership.There was a time in the past when Oprah admitted that she "wanted Stedman to want to marry" her, and he wanted that, too.that not getting married has taught her to "live life on your own terms," she said.Despite having dated for so long, Winfrey shared that the duo have only discussed marriage once.Last year, it was rumored that Winfrey and Graham said "I do." However, Winfrey took to Twitter to set the record straight. Graham proposed more than 20 years ago and the wedding was supposed to take place in 1993, but Winfrey was working on a book at the same time, so they decided to postpone it.
"Because I could not have the life that I created for myself — I knew that I couldn't do it."' And since the wedding appears to not have gone down — and will not be happening any time soon — it's safe to say that after 30 years in their relationship, the status quo seems to be working quite well for the couple.
"We would not have stayed together, because marriage requires a different way of being in this world," the 63-year-old 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." Or, as Winfrey put it during a 2015 "Super Soul Sunday" chat with friend Shonda Rhimes, "What I realized is, I don’t want to be married ...
(born March 6, 1951) is an American educator, author, businessman and speaker, primarily known as the longtime partner of media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
Graham and Winfrey were engaged to be married in November 1992, but later decided they would rather have a "spiritual union". He received a bachelor's degree in social work from Hardin-Simmons University in 1974 and a master's degree in education from Ball State University in 1979.