4 Big Quotes From Oprah's Vogue Interview
Including why she and Stedman aren't married
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2017 7:31 PM CDT
In this April 18, 2017, file photo, Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of HBO Films' "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" at the SVA Theatre in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Oprah Winfrey's latest Vogue cover interview is out—four of the most interesting quotes:

  • On never getting married: "Nobody believes it, but it’s true" that the subject of marriage never came up between her and longtime partner Stedman Graham, she says. "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.’ We would not have stayed together, because marriage requires a different way of being in this world. His interpretation of what it means to be a husband and what it would mean for me to be a wife would have been pretty traditional, and I would not have been able to fit into that.”

  • On her weight: Describing what it's like to be 63, she notes, "By the time you hit 60, there are just no ... damn ... apologies. And certainly not at 63. And the weight thing that was always such a physical, spiritual, emotional burden for me—no apologies for that either."
  • On the end of her iconic talk show: She recounts the sign that made her realize the time was right to stop. "I started reading this incredible article about Michael Jackson, and one of Jackson’s friends was quoted as saying, ‘His number-one problem is that he never realized that Thriller was a phenomenon. And he spent the rest of his life trying to chase it.’ And so, when Bad only sold—only sold—20 million albums early on, he was disappointed because it wasn’t Thriller. He thought he was going to top Thriller. I went, Whoa. Pay attention to that. I didn’t want to be the person chasing a phenomenon. And that is what the Oprah show was."
  • On the early struggles of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN): "Ohhhhhh, I was so misled in my thinking. I thought I was going to create a network that was Super Soul Sunday all day long. I thought people... I thought I was going to bring this spiritual consciousness–awakening channel! And I soon learned: Ain’t nobody care about that."
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