UPDATE: Reunited and feels so good! Oprah Winfrey's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, has concluded his 14-day self-quarantine and moved back into their home.
In a video shared to Oprah's O Magazine Instagram, former students from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls performed a song for Stedman as the couple greeted each other for the first time with a hug and kiss. See the heartwarming moment below!
Oprah Winfrey took to Instagram Live on Monday to explain to O, The Oprah Magazine's digital director Arianna Davis why Stedman Graham recently moved into the guest house.
As fans will recall, the 66-year-old talk show host had pneumonia late last year. She also finished taking antibiotics for a bronchial infection last week. So when Stedman returned from a business trip on Thursday, Oprah didn't want to take any chances of getting sick. After all, she said her longtime love had been "one of those" who had been "late to the party" in terms of understanding the severity of the global coronavirus pandemic. So when he asked her what the procedure was for coming home, Oprah didn't think twice.
"The procedure is you ain't coming and sleeping in my bed," Oprah said. "Literally...he goes, 'I'm not?' I go, 'Oh, no no no no. It doesn't work that way. Have you not been paying attention to the news? Social distancing doesn't mean you're going to sleep in the bed with the person when you just got off American Airlines….We cannot play those games. We're taking it very seriously."
To be clear, Stedman hasn't tested positive for the virus or shown any symptoms. Still, Oprah is keeping her distance for now. Although, she still leaves him daily meals on the doorstep, and they enjoy little chats.
"My friends say, 'Oh isn't Stedman upset?' Oh no, he's not," Oprah explained. "He's happy to make me safe."
So, how has Oprah been staying busy during this time? She's been reading, binge-watching shows, FaceTiming her family and friends and cooking pancakes. She also stopped by one of DJ D-Nice's virtual dance parties. In fact, she said she hasn't had "one moment of boredom."
"I'm never bored because I always have myself. I never feel alone, have never felt alone, because I just love being with myself," Oprah said. "So, this is more time to be with myself without the guilt—because usually it's like you're with yourself but everybody else wants you to be somewhere else. There's nowhere to be."
In addition, she encouraged her followers to use this time to reflect on what truly matters to them.
"We will come out stronger if we choose to come out stronger. You will come out stronger if you actually get the lessons from it," she said. "I will say: If you think it's just about a virus, it's about the forces of life trying to tell us about ourselves. So whatever it is you're feeling, that means you're supposed to be feeling it. Whatever this is putting you through, it means you needed this moment and that it was only this moment that could bring us to this realization."
Watch the video to see Oprah stop by the guest house.
(This story was originally published on Tuesday, March 24 at 7:02 a.m. PST)