Over their 32-year relationship, the couple has had to fight off rumors of a split, a cheating scandal, and more.
The partners, who have chosen not to marry, are very private about their relationship, but we've compiled a timeline of some of the highs and lows they've shared over the years.
"That's not always an easy thing to do when you're a man in a relationship with a very powerful woman, and so, I'm not threatened by her fame or her success or her money or all of that—that's who she is.
Oprah Winfrey -- who built a billion-dollar empire persuading everyone from celebs to average Joes to reveal the truth about themselves -- is a big phony when it comes to her own past, an explosive new book charges.
The future star would steal from her mother's purse, pawn her jewelry and even turn tricks.
She was eventually sent to live in Nashville with Vernon Winfrey, who was her mother's former lover and who is listed on her birth certificate as her father.
"Every move is calculated to further her brand and lift her image, which is why she does good works," Jewette Battles said.
As a teen, Winfrey was a wild child, promiscuous to the point of prostitution, her relatives said.
The claims were unfounded, and Gerber retracted the story days later. Joe Pixler did not choose to reject this story after hearing all the facts." that it wasn't until 1991 that Stedman began to keep "a toothbrush at my apartment.” The couple had already been dating for five years, and Stedman reportedly owned an apartment just a few blocks away from Oprah's condo in Chicago. The engagement was kept a secret, but in less than a month, Oprah shared the news with a local television station, and the story spread nationwide.
He has been described as the domineering disciplinarian who set her straight.
Later, determined to become rich and famous, Winfrey was ready to change her story to her advantage, making sure she cultivated her image as an everywoman, the book alleges.
That meant she had to quell rumors about her sexuality.
At one point, the rumors included seamy talk at ABC about a relationship between Winfrey and Sawyer when Oprah worked there.