Perhaps no one is taking the social distancing protocol amid the coronavirus pandemic more seriously than Oprah Winfrey. So much so that the television legend recently announced that she has refused to stay under the same roof with her longtime partner Stedman Graham after he took a number of flights recently, putting him at a higher risk when it comes to contracting the deadly virus.
In an Instagram Live video, the 66-year-old former talk show host said that her businessman boyfriend was self-isolating in their guesthouse ever since he returned from his trip. She said that her partner did not fully understand what precautions he should take after he made his way back home from travel and she had to take the responsibility of explaining the same to him.
“I was like, ‘You ain’t coming in here and sleeping in my bed. It doesn’t work that way’,” she said.
She told her 18.2M Instagram followers that her partner, whom she has been dating since 1986, would not be allowed back in her house until he was done with the advised period of quarantine.
“Stedman is at the guest house. You all know I had pneumonia late last year and you can still hear the raspiness in my throat sometimes…” she said. “And I just got off antibiotics last week and so Stedman was late to the party. Stedman didn’t arrive from Chicago until Thursday and he was speaking in St. Louis on Saturday and he’s been on planes.”Stedman Graham and Oprah Winfrey attend the Governor’s Ball for the 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards after-party at the Shrine Auditorium on September 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)
She revealed that she was pretty stringent when it comes to following the rules suggested by health officials since she did not want to risk getting infected. “Social distancing doesn’t mean you can go sleep in a bed with someone after you got off American Airlines. We can not play those games,” she said.
But don’t worry, it does not mean that Oprah is letting her beau go hungry as he stays away from her. “I leave food on the doorstep… He’s happy to have me safe. We just take him dinner and we take him breakfast,” she said.
On Saturday, Oprah interacted with Idris and Sabrina Elba, on her new Apple TV+ series ‘Oprah Talks’ where the couple, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, shared their experience of not feeling the symptoms of disease right away despite getting diagnosed with the infection.
“Actually, I found out this morning, Oprah, that I tested positive,” Sabrina told the host on Facetime on March 21, Daily Mail reported. “I don’t feel anything that would come to what people would now expect to be a symptom of coronavirus, which is really strange. It might change in the coming weeks, and we’ll keep everyone updated.”
Idris Elba, who got infected days before his wife did, said that he “hasn’t witnessed any major symptoms” and was “feeling okay.” “It’s interesting and worrying that people are possibly carrying this disease and are seemingly okay, but can spread it easily,” he said.
The couple is currently quarantined together in New Mexico, where Elba’s latest film was in production. While being cooped up indoors, the pair said that they were looking forward to spending quality time together and playing chess, video games, and “staying creative.”
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