Oprah Explains Why She Chooses A “Spiritual Partnership” With Stedman Graham Instead Of Marriage

Written by Kecia Gayle January 16, 2020

Oprah Explains Why She Chooses A “Spiritual Partnership” With Stedman Graham Instead Of Marriage

In an essay for OprahMag.com, Oprah Winfrey opens about why she and Stedman Graham have never tied the knot after being together for over three decades. Now, for those who don’t know, Graham did propose to the famed TV host back in 1993, but Winfrey said that she and Graham, 68, agreed that if they had ever gotten married they “would not still be together.”

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She explained,

“Our relationship works because he created an identity beyond being ‘Oprah’s man’ (he teaches Identity Leadership around the world and has written multiple books on the subject).” She went on to say, “And because we share all the values that matter (integrity being number one). And because we relish seeing the other fulfill and manifest their destiny and purpose.”

Speaking about the proposal, the 65-year-old said, “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 said. “My life with the show was my priority, and we both knew it.” Instead of being a married couple, Winfrey considers their relationship to be a “spiritual partnership.”

She notes that a “spiritual partnership” is what the author “Gary Zukav defines as a spiritual partnership: a partnership between equals for the purpose of spiritual growth.”

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