When it comes to COVID-19, Oprah is NOT messing around!
In an interview with O’s digital director Arianna Davis, the host of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” reveals her longtime partner, Stedman Graham, is quarantining himself in the guesthouse of the couple’s Santa Barbara home.
“He’s at the guesthouse, because you all know I had pneumonia late last year… I had just gotten off of antibiotics last week, because I had a bronchial infection,” the chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions explained.
Oprah also said the 69-year-old was “one of those” who was “late to the party” about understanding the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic.
"‘I don’t see what everybody’s getting so upset about!’ That’s what Stedman was saying... and that’s why Stedman’s at the guesthouse!” she continued.
Additionally, the businessman — who recently authored 2019’s “Identity Leadership: To Lead Others You Must First Lead Yourself” – has been traveling around the U.S. in recent days.
“Stedman did not arrive from Chicago until Thursday. He had been speaking in St. Louis... He’d been on planes, so Stedman is like ‘What’s the procedure for coming home?’ The procedure is... you ain’t coming and sleeping in my bed! And literally, he goes, ‘I’m not?’ And I go, ‘Have you not been paying attention to the news? Social distancing does not mean you go and sleep in the same bed with the person when you just got off American Airlines!’” Oprah exclaimed.
Though some may think Stedman is upset about his current living arrangements, Winfrey assures everyone he is doing perfectly fine.
“My friends say ‘Oh, isn’t Stedman upset?’ He’s really not. He’s happy to keep me safe.”
In a column for O mag’s February issue, Oprah explained why the two longtime loves never tied the knot.
“He and I agree that had we tied the marital knot, we would not still be together,” she said at the time.
“Our relationship works because he created an identity beyond being ‘Oprah’s man’ (he teaches Identity Leadership around the world and has written multiple books on the subject),” she added. “And because we share all the values that matter (integrity being number one). And because we relish seeing the other fulfill and manifest their destiny and purpose.”