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‘ THE RESPONSIBILITY ATTACHED TO MARRIAGE AND CHILD-BEARING IS BEYOND ME THAT IS WHY I DECIDED NOT TO MARRY OR HAVE CHILDREN WITH MY PARTNER ’– OPRAH WINFREY REVEALS





Considered as one of the richest black women in the world, Oprah Winfrey is known for being single and not having children despite her money.

She revealed why she didn’t have kids or get married to her man Stedman Graham, who she has been with for 33 years and engaged to for 27 years.


Oprah got engaged to her long-time partner Stedman Graham in 1992 and they are still together but they never got married or had kids.

During a recent interview, Oprah revealed that she hasn’t regretted her decision not to marry or have children.

She revealed that she considered becoming a mother after Graham’s proposal, however, she felt it was the one job she might not be cut out for.


“At one point in Chicago I had bought an additional apartment because I was thinking, ‘Well, if we get married, I’m going to need room for children’.

The depth of responsibility and sacrifice that is actually required to be a mother”.I realized, ‘Whoa, I’m talking to a lot of messed-up people, and they are messed up because they had mothers and fathers who were not aware of how serious that job is,’” Winfrey said. “I don’t have the ability to compartmentalize the way I see other women do. It is why, throughout my years, I have had the highest regard for women who choose to be at home [with] their kids, because I don’t know how you do that all day long.


Nobody gives women the credit they deserve.

I used to think about this all the time, that I was working these 17-hour days, and so were my producers, and then I go home and I have my two dogs and I have Stedman, who’s letting me be who I need to be in the world.

He’s never demanding anything from me like, ‘Where’s my breakfast? Where’s my dinner?’ Never any of that, which I believed would have changed had we married.


Both he and I now say, ‘If we had married, we would not be together’. “No question about it — we would not stay married, because of what that would have meant to him, and I would have had my own ideas about it,” she said.

Going further she indicated that to date, she still stands by her decision to not marry or have kids. She said she “filled that maternal fold” with charitable work.

“I have not had one regret about that.” She continued: “I also believe that part of the reason why I don’t have regrets is because I got to fulfil it in the way that was best for me: the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. “Those girls fill that maternal fold that I perhaps would have had. In fact, they overfill — I’m overflowed with maternal,” she explained.

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