Oprah Winfrey has revealed that her long-time partner Stedman Graham has self-quarantined in the guest house of their California home, and the couple is distancing themselves even though he has not been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The 66-year-old “Queen of All Media” said Graham, 69, has recently traveled for speaking engagements and arrived home Thursday off a flight. She said they are being cautious as she recovers from a bronchial infection for which she finished taking antibiotics last week. She also battled a case of pneumonia late last year.
Health officials say people with underlying health conditions like those Winfrey is recovering from are more susceptible to the virus.
Winfrey, however, appeared upbeat about the couple’s current situation.
“Stedman did not arrive from Chicago until Thursday,” she said on Instagram in a video chat with Arianna Davis, the digital director for Oprah Magazine. “He had been speaking in St. Louis. He’d been on planes,” Winfrey said, adding, “Stedman is like, ‘What's the procedure for coming home?’ The procedure is, you ain’t coming and sleeping in my bed.”
Winfrey said she has been taking Graham’s meals to him in the guest house, although they are maintaining six feet between them.
A separate video on Oprah Magazine’s Instagram page showed Graham in the window of the guest house, as Oprah offered her support off-camera.
There have been many high profile diagnoses that demonstrate the indiscriminate spread of the highly contagious virus. On March 11, Tom Hanks announced he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had tested positive for the virus, while traveling in Australia. They both have since recovered.
British actor Idris Elba announced on March 16 that he had tested positive, and on March 17 two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant was one of four New York Nets players to tested positive for the virus.
On March 19, actor Daniel Dae Kim posted to Instagram after his positive test.
Since then, “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen, rapper Slim Thug and 71-year-old singer songwriter Jackson Browne and many more have announced positive tests for the virus.
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