After being together for 20+ years and remaining happily unmarried, The Enquirer claims Oprah has offered Graham a $100 million prenuptial agreement in exchange for a televised wedding aimed at saving her struggling network OWN.
Sound soap opera-y enough? Oh, it gets better.
According to “un-named sources,” Oprah allegedly tearfully told Stedman, “You’re the only one who can save the day,” pleading with him to marry her in front of the cameras.
An “un-named friend” allegedly told the Enquirer, “She began to break down crying, saying she had made a mess of OWN. Then Oprah looked at Stedman and said, ‘You’ve always been my knight in shining armor. Will you finally marry me?'”
“Stedman was absolutely floored and a little shell-shocked, but he didn’t hesitate and joked, ‘I thought I was the one who asked YOU – 20 years ago! What’s the big rush all of a sudden?'”
“They both laughed and hugged, and he began wiping away the tears from her eyes. He said to her, ‘You know I’d do anything for you, Oprah. You’ve always been my girl.'”
While I don’t think for a second that Oprah and Stedman would marry for ratings, I find it mighty curious that people continue to speculate about the goings-on of her ring finger.
Despite her success, her wealth, her determination to do it her way, and her global influence many still look at Oprah and her marital status as if something is wrong.
Those of us who love Oprah act as if we are privy to the inner workings of their relationship and that all women have an intrinsic need to be married.
Whether she and Stedman eventually marry is none of our business. At 58, I’m pretty sure she knows exactly what’s best for her life.
Oprah has built her empire from the ground up, has created the life she’s wanted, and has helped millions of others to do the same. And yet…people continue to measure her accomplishments on whether or not she’s married.