Dang. Tell us how you really feel Barbara.
Oprah’s Stepmother Reveals Ugly Side Of Mogul After Being Evicted From Marital Home
Oprah’s probably super regretful she never got her stepmother Barbara Winfrey to sign a confidentiality agreement because the 66-year-old woman who spent 14 years married to Oprah’s dad Vernon just delivered a scathing interview with DailyMail that blows the lid off her image as a “nice lady.”
Peep the excerpts below:
According to Barbara, ‘Some people can have money and be mentally rich – secure in what they have I guess. But others, how can I put it…some people you can’t take the ghetto out of.
‘That’s Oprah, it’s who she is and where she’s from. She had money, everybody was going to know it and see it. But she had to be in control.’
Chief amongst her complaints about her former daughter-in-law are the lowly treatment she said she and her ex-husband received while in Oprah’s company:
Barbara and Vernon visited four of Oprah’s homes but were only ever invited to stay on Fisher Island and in Indiana. Otherwise, they were put up in hotels.
And if Barbara’s mistake was to not show Oprah the deference she expected, then it is clear the error was matched and returned by the star. Intentional or not, for Barbara, the slights came thick and fast.
‘She complained my sheets didn’t have 1000 thread count when she came to stay and that the bath towels and the coffee cups weren’t big enough,’ she claimed.
When Oprah threw her Legends’ Ball in Santa Barbara her father and stepmother were not invited to stay in the house but put up in a nearby hotel.
When they were shown to their table it was not on the main floor with the A listers – John Travolta, Sidney Poitier, Tina Turner, Alicia Keys – but ‘tucked in the corner on the second floor.’
She added, ‘We weren’t allowed to mingle with the celebrities–but we did.’
Awwww poor thang…
For some reason we believe all this happened, but we’re so appalled about certain other details Barbara said that we almost hope she’s lying:
‘Her brand is that she’s a nice, caring, generous, giving person. That’s not how it is. She’s controlling – it’s all about control’
And when she and Vernon arrived at Oprah’s Chicago condo on one occasion she recalled, ‘Oprah got on the intercom and announced, “Negroes in the house. Negroes in the house.”
‘She thought it was funny. I thought it was insulting. I’m older than her. I know what it means. She was reminding us of our low class.’
Can you imagine? Would you have been able to hold back if such a thing happened to you?
Now the icing on the cake is that Barbara’s marriage to Oprah’s dad eventually fell apart after he cheated with a hooker named “One Tooth”:
It was the revelation of his weeklong ‘affair’ with a prostitute known as ‘One Tooth’ that was the final undoing of his marriage to Barbara.
The woman taped her barbershop liaisons with Winfrey and originally intended to blackmail him. Instead the truth came tumbling out three years ago.
Barbara said, ‘Oprah is a woman who empowers women to be all they can be, to stand up against men who mistreat them.
‘If she was a more decent person she would realize that what her dad did was very wrong instead of plotting against me and pushing me out of the scene.’
Wow… We can only imagine what a prostitute named “One Tooth” looks like.
Now here’s the really sad part, Barbara and Vernon have been living in a $1.4 million home south of Nashville for over a decade, but through what Barbara describes as Vernon and Oprah’s manipulations she has nowhere to go:
At the time of his affair Barbara and Vernon were in the midst of rebuilding his barbershop. After 47 years it was in dire need of renovation, Barbara explained.
Oprah refused to help financially. So Barbara, who worked in education for 32 years before retiring in 2006, secured a loan on a home she owned outright before she married Vernon, as collateral. This was to prove a crucial and costly decision.
By her own admission Barbara struggled to cope with Vernon’s infidelity. She moved out of the marital bedroom but she was not, she insisted, looking to end her marriage.
She said, ‘I couldn’t be the wife he wanted me to be but I might have gotten over it.’
But Vernon, she said, was impatient and, frustrated, left the marital home that summer in a move that, as it turned out, proved final.
At the same time the couple were struggling to keep up with loan repayments on Barbara’s old house, where her daughter and grandchild were living. According to Barbara, rather than step in, Oprah advised her father to let the bank foreclose.
She explained, ‘She then bought the barbershop and my old house at cut price. Everyone thought she was swooping in to save the day. But she’d stood back and let that day happen.’
According to Barbara, ‘Vernon had been telling everyone he was unhappy with the marriage. He told Stedman and he told Oprah, so she came up with an escape plan I guess to get me out of the picture, make all the scandal of what he’d done go away.
In June 2012 – on the anniversary of their wedding 12 years earlier – Barbara was blindsided when Vernon filed for divorce citing her unreasonable marital conduct.
The court rejected his petition and accepted instead one made in response by Barbara.
She said, ‘The settlement they offered was the house that I had owned but lost, the car I’d had since 2004, with 110,000 miles on the clock and I had to sign a confidentiality agreement.
‘Vernon also asked for a chunk of my pension because he claimed I was the main earner in the household.’
At the time, Barbara’s daughter and five-year-old grandson were living in Barbara’s old house, which is now owned by Oprah’s company.
When Barbara rejected the settlement, she explains, her daughter and grandson were told to leave the property.
‘That house lay empty and then it was sold. Tell me, what sort of person does that? I would have walked away quietly but she put my baby and my grandbaby out on the street. That made it personal.’
Gathering her fury Barbara said, ‘Vernon and I were joined by God. Who does she think she is to interfere in that? Does she think she’s God?’
She said, ‘I am 66 years old. My credit was ruined by the foreclosure. Who is going to rent me a home? I have to leave here on 29 May and I really don’t know what will come next.’
Sick, sad and twisted… Do you believe her?
Photos Courtesy Barbara Winfrey