If you believe the National Enquirer, Oprah and Stedman are finally headed down the aisle. After being together for two-plus decades and remaining happily unwed, The Enquirer claims Oprah has offered her longtime love a $100 million prenup in exchange for a televised wedding aimed at saving her struggling network OWN.

Sound soap opera-y enough? Oh, it gets better.

According to “sources” Oprah allegedly tearfully told Stedman, “You’re the only one who can save the day,” pleading with him to marry her in front of the cameras.

A “friend” tells the Enquirer:

“She began to break down cry­ing, saying she had made a mess of OWN. Then Oprah looked at Stedman and said, ‘You’ve always been my knight in shining armor. Will you finally marry me?’ 

“Stedman was absolutely floored and a little shell-shocked, but he didn’t hesitate and joked, ‘I thought I was the one who asked YOU – 20 years ago! What’s the big rush all of a sudden?’ 

“They both laughed and hugged, and he began wiping away the tears from her eyes. He said to her, ‘You know I’d do anything for you, Oprah. You’ve always been my girl.’”

While I don’t think for a second that Oprah and Stedman would marry for ratings, I find it mighty curious that people continue to speculate about the goings on of her ring finger.

Despite her success, her wealth, her determination to do it her way, and her global influence many still look at Oprah and her marital status as if something is wrong.

Countless times I’ve heard (and read here on this site) that she needs to “wake up” and question why Stedman doesn’t love her enough to marry her, as if we are privy to the inner working of their relationship and that all women have an intrinsic need to be wed.

Whether she and Stedman eventually marry is none of our business. At 58, I’m pretty sure she knows exactly what type of relationship she and her longtime partner want to have.

If nothing else, Oprah has taught millions that there is no one way to live your life. She’s built her empire from the ground up, has created the life she’s wanted, and has helped millions of others to do the same. And yet…people continue to measure her accomplishments on whether or not she’s married.

But will they ever stop?

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