After being married to Oprah’s father, Vernon Winfrey, for 14 years, Barbara Winfrey is getting evicted from the home that she shared with him by her stepdaughter, Oprah. She recently sat down for an interview with MailOnline for a tell-all about the billionaire who’s made her fortune by preaching to others how to treat people well, and it sounds as if she didn’t take her own advice.
According to Barbara, Oprah is an insecure and controlling woman, and the most secretive and odd relationship Oprah has is with her very close friend, Gayle King, whose relationship she said overshadowed the one she had with longtime partner of 28 years, Stedman Graham.
Barbara recalled how throughout the years her main line of communication to Oprah was through Gayle, who acted much like a doorkeeper. She also speculated that their relationship may be more than just friends as they would talk on the phone 3-4 times a day, and Oprah wouldn’t go anywhere or do anything without Gayle.
“Gayle is very, very present. I don’t know any man I’ve ever dated who could tolerate that, but Stedman knows Gayle’s going nowhere,” she said.
Barbara also recalled how in all of the years she saw Stedman and Oprah dating they never once kissed or held hands, even though they would sleep in the same room together when they stayed with her. She described Stedman as an “old shoe” to Oprah, where she was just comfortable to be around him but showed him little affection.
“I can only say what I saw and observed over the years. Gayle was more present than Stedman.”
She referred to the trio as “codependent” and said that Oprah has a certain image to maintain with her empire, and that Stedman fit right into the puzzle for her to give the right appearance to her audience. Otherwise, it seemed to be King that Oprah would confide in and treat like a significant other. Oprah had also wanted to marry Stedman at first but he wasn’t too big of a fan of the idea, but over time that seemed to reverse and the more money and power Oprah accumulated the less she wanted to get married.
She also revealed that Oprah is pretty much a control freak with everyone who surrounds her. An altercation at the wedding of her boyfriend’s nephew revealed that Oprah had Stedman followed for years and knew every little detail about him.
“Once you’re in Oprah’s world, she owns you,” Barbara, who feels as if Oprah has betrayed her by kicking her out of her home, said.
When Stedman had asked how Oprah knew all of these things about him, she turned and said to him “That’s what I pay people to know.”
Along with a controlling attitude and paranoia, Oprah also had a weight problem she had been battling all her life. Barbara described Oprah as a “stress eater,” when she was nervous or thinking about something she would eat to calm her nerves. She also said that her kryptonite was potatoes, anything to do with potatoes and Oprah was all over it and stuffing it in her mouth as fast as she could.
Perhaps one of the biggest revelations made by Barbara is that she believed that Oprah has always been ashamed of how dark her skin was. She recalled how Oprah would take the slightest, most innocent comments and find a way to inject race into them, even if it wasn’t a factor.
“Color was a real thing for her. It’s one of the things she liked about Stedman. He has what we call ‘high yellow’ skin and soft hair. He’s very pale complexioned and she liked that,” she recalled.
So who would have ever thought that the woman who’s made so much money off of portraying to others that she was a good person actually had more skeletons in her closet than most?
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