The 63-year-old actress and talk show host has been with her partner for more than 30 years, but said she had never considered marrying him because she believes their relationship would be over if they tried to live as a married couple.“Nobody believes it, but it’s true,” she said.“The only time I brought it up was when I said to Stedman, ‘What would have happened if we had actually gotten married?
'Though she'd wanted to be the 'Anthony Bourdain of spirituality,' traveling 'all over the world' to provide 'a look at spiritual consciousness,' she ultimately realized that ''You need snackable spirituality - snackable, digestible moments in an entertaining format, so people can receive it,' in her description.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, who first started dating in 1983 and share a beautiful family together, have also vowed not to get married.
1986 - Present Oprah and Stedman have been together since 1986, and they were engaged in 1992, but they never followed through with the ceremony.
"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." While the couple faced wedding rumors last September, which Oprah promptly shut down on social media, she adds that choosing to live as lifelong partners rather than husband and wife has helped her "live life on your own terms." And she isn't the only celebrity following this mantra.