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In fact, she told Vogue that she's learned an important lesson by refusing to walk down the aisle — to just "live life on your own terms." Of course, no matter how clear she is about those terms, rumors about marriage continue to pop up.
Just last year, tabloids reported that she and Graham had finally wed, and even a few of her friends fell for it.
If the love is real, the caring is pure and it comes from a good space, it works," Oprah concluded.
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Last year, it was rumored that Winfrey and Graham said "I do." However, Winfrey took to Twitter to set the record straight. Graham proposed more than 20 years ago and the wedding was supposed to take place in 1993, but Winfrey was working on a book at the same time, so they decided to postpone it.
, there was a time when Winfrey wanted her other half to marry her. "We have never discussed it again," she told Rhimes.
"When people were pressuring me to get married and have children, I knew I was not going to be a person that ever regretted not having them, because I feel like I am a mother to the world’s children," Oprah — who is a mother figure to 172 students in the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls — revealed. She gave birth to her son in the late 1960s, and the baby sadly passed away in the hospital weeks later. It doesn’t matter if a child came from your womb or if you found that person at age two, 10, or 20.
magazine, the 63-year-old star recalls the one time she and Stedman -- her boyfriend of 31 years -- discussed tying the knot. The only time I brought it up was when I said to Stedman, 'What would have happened if we had actually gotten married?
' And the answer is: 'We wouldn't be together,'" she says.
"I said 'OK,' and that was it, we have never discussed it again! "I realized I don’t want to be married," she said, "because I could not have [had] the life I created for myself." Rumors recently circulated that the two secretly wed after all this time together, but Oprah was quick to negate the false talk. "I've lost enough weight [that] he can pick me up and carry me to the pool," Oprah joked.
"Six people who know me well have called today congratulating me or [acting] surprised they weren't invited to my wedding. "I can straddle him without breaking his back." The happy couple never had any children together. I have the patience for puppies, but that’s a quick stage!