Why Oprah Winfrey Hates Valentine’s Day

by Jeremy Spirogis
Oprah Winfrey at an event

Oprah Winfrey is nothing if not unconventional. She’s a nonconformist who tends to buck custom and does issues on her personal time and phrases. So, it ought to come as no shock that she’s anti-Valentine’s Day. Winfrey made the revelation in a current interview and supplied an fascinating purpose behind her disdain for the vacation.

Oprah Winfrey at an event
Oprah Winfrey at an occasion | Vera Anderson/WireImage

The purpose Oprah Winfrey doesn’t take care of Valentine’s Day

In her O, The Oprah Magazine “What I Know For Sure” column, Winfrey mentioned that an outdated boyfriend ruined Valentine’s Day for her. Though it’s been years since their relationship ended, she declared that Feb. 14 will endlessly have a detrimental connotation to her.

“Lots of people make a big deal about Valentine’s Day. I don’t — and haven’t since I was a young contestant in the Miss Black America Pageant (I was Miss Black Tennessee),” Winfrey confessed (through CNN).

“Many of the other girls were receiving flowers and gifts from their beaux. My boyfriend at the time, Bubba — yes, real name — sent me nothing,” she continued.

Winfrey mentioned that this broke her coronary heart.

“I felt bad about that and complained to another contestant,” she added. “She laid this wisdom on me: ‘Girl, if your man has put a flower on your mind, you won’t need no flowers in a vase!’”

Oprah Winfrey went on to search out love

Winfrey went on to this point businessman Stedman Graham. After assembly at a charity occasion within the ’80s, the 2 turned an merchandise in 1986. Oprah mentioned within the aforementioned column that she initially had doubts about Graham however grew to know and recognize him.

“I thought he was nice enough, but I wasn’t that impressed,” she admitted. “He was polite, yes, and kind. The sort of guy who sits with an ailing friend. Tall and handsome, for sure. But actually too handsome, I thought, to be interested in me.”

“I figured he must be a player. So did all my producers,” Winfrey continued. “They warned me not to get involved with that Stedman guy. Aside from his appearance, they knew nothing about him. But anybody that good-looking driving a vintage Mercedes merited suspicion. So I proceeded with caution, even with a friendship. It wasn’t until months later, when I learned he’d broken up with his girlfriend and had been inquiring about my dating status, that I gave him a serious thought.”

Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham at an event in October 2019Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham at an event in October 2019
Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham at an occasion in October 2019 | Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images

She and Graham have been collectively for greater than 30 years. They aren’t married, with each events saying that marriage is just not for them — and so they share no kids.

Stedman Graham has struggled with holidays, too

In a December 2019 episode of OprahMagazine.com’s internet sequence, The OG Chronicles, Winfrey revealed that Graham isn’t one of the best gift-giver, both. In truth, she and Graham have agreed to not change Christmas presents as a result of he’s apparently so dangerous at discovering the precise current.

“We came to an agreement that gifts are not what we do,” Winfrey mentioned.

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Watch the remarks across the 4:43 mark

But a minimum of he’s tried. That’s positively higher than not giving a present — proper?

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