Oprah Winfrey has been dating Stedman Graham for as long as any of us can probably remember, yet the man has always been relegated to a strange sort of footnote in her otherwise rather open life. While many people think that her public image is carefully constructed to avoid full invasion of her privacy and scrutiny, the April 2012 O Magazine cover story is charming and silly and weird when it comes to Oprah and her main squeeze.
For the magazine’s first food issue, O features an interview with Oprah about a special treat that she makes Stedman called “The Love Sandwich.” She explains “I’ve only made it for a couple of other people, so if you’ve had me make the Love Sandwich for you, you have to be somebody I really care about.” Now that is sweet! I totally want to know what’s in it! But look at the cover:
See that little hand grabbing the plate on the far right? That’s Stedman! No, really…dude is tucked away behind the fold-out:
Maybe he doesn’t want to be on the cover of a magazine, or maybe nobody cares to see him, but the way they have Stedman behind the fold makes me think of how Vanity Fair ruffled feathers by tucking the black actresses in this year’s “Hollywood Issue” on the other side of the fold-out. Stedman has been Oprah’s life partner for twenty-five years, can a brother get some love?