In an explosive, exclusive interview with Daily Mail, Oprah Winfrey’s 66-year-old stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is spilling some family tea about Ms. Winfrey. And it is so messy!
According to Barbara, the Oprah we all see, beloved by millions is a world away from the real person she really is. That Oprah is manipulative and high-handed, treats family like staff and uses her wealth to control others. That Oprah Winfrey kicked her out of her home after 14 years, leaving her flat out homeless. That Oprah played in a huge part in ‘destroying’ her marriage to Oprah’s father.
She also claims that Oprah, 60, and her long-term partner Stedman Graham, 63, are not bound by romance but a pragmatic cocktail of shared secrets, convenience and money. She describes Oprah’s relationship with close confidante Gayle King, 59, as ‘bizarre’ and ‘unhealthy,’ and points to it as the reason that neither woman is married.
And at the heart of it all, Barbara claims, the ‘real Oprah’ – hidden behind the image she projects so well – is a woman unhappy in her skin and, as Barbara has learned to her cost, unforgiving to those who inspire her wrath.
Barbara said told DailyMail:
‘You find out quickly where your place is with Oprah and you get in that place and you stay in that place. My crime, I think, was to talk to her like a normal person and she didn’t like that one bit. My husband once told me that just because someone gives you something does not mean they love you. He was talking about Oprah.