‘Look How She’s Treated Me:’ Oprah’s Stepmom Opens Up About Being Put Out Of Her Home
At the start of this month, we told you about an icky legal war that has been festering between Oprah Winfrey and her ex-stepmom, Barbara Winfrey. Apparently Oprah has been requesting that Barbara vacate the $1.4 million dollar home once shared with Oprah’s dad, Vernon, and Barbara has been refusing. While she initially offered to move Barbara into another home, she reportedly refused because the new home would come along with a confidentiality agreement, which would prohibit her from publicly speaking about her famous stepdaughter. During their last court appearance, Oprah gave Barbara two months to find a new place before formally evicting her. Now, Barbara is speaking out.
“I have lost everything,” she expressed to the DailyMail. “It’s not just a house, this is my home. All my memories are here.”
Barbara went on to express that she’s unsure what she has done to make Oprah so “angry” with her, while implying that the media mogul has been very judgmental towards her.
“I’m trying to keep it together. There are some days I just don’t understand how I could have made her so angry that she would kick me out on the street and think nothing about it. But that’s Oprah — she’s judge and jury.”
Interestingly, though she says the home was “given” to her and ex-husband, Vernon Winfrey, by the media mogul as a wedding gift back in 2000, Barbara says that she was unaware that the home still legally belonged to Oprah.
“We signed so many documents, became part of the Housing Association. I was thankful of course. I never knew it was Oprah’s name on the deeds and that I was just on probation.”
As for those who believe that Barbara is off her rocker to even believe that she’s entitled to the home now that things have fallen apart with Vernon, she says her gripe is much deeper than that.
“I know people have read about this and thought, ‘Who does she think she is? Why should she get a million dollar home?’ But can you see it’s not about that? It’s about everything that went before. Look at how she has treated me. I laid my head next to her father for 14 years and she never thought me worthy of talking to.”
Barbara also painted Oprah as an extremely controlling and manipulative woman who silences the people in her life with confidentiality agreements.
“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. She has confidentiality agreements with pretty much everybody in her life. She has them sign their life away and she has them in her pocket”
Well, it looks like the gloves are off.
Read Barbara’s full interview here.