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    Oprah Winfrey's longtime partner Stedman Graham doesn't "define" himself by their relationship

    The 69-year-old author and businessman has opened up about his life with the media mogul, and he doesn't see himself in the same way others do


    Appearing on 'The Kyle & Jackie O Show' this week, he said: "I'm defined a lot by my relationship with Oprah, but it has nothing to do with me.

    "That's how you define me! That's how you define me, it's not how I define myself."

    Stedman hailed Oprah as "an unbelievable woman", but insisted he is focused on himself and his own success.

    He explained: "I'm developing a process of continuous improvement every day based on my skills, talents, abilities, interests and passion. That's what makes me happy.

    "So I don't care what you do. I could care less who you are or what you do or what you've been able to accomplish, because it has nothing to do with who I am as a person."

    And he revealed the couple rarely have rows as they "think the same", even if they have very different public profiles.

    He added: "We think the same, we're in the same business. The difference is, she does it in the air, I do it on the ground, so I'm grassroots."

    The loved up pair have been together ever since they met at a charity event in 1986, and they got engaged six years later.

    Oprah previously said she is thankful her partner has always allowed her to "be who [she] needs to be" as she thinks their relationship would have changed if they had got married as she'd have felt too restricted.

    She said: "I used to think about this all the time, that I was working these 17-hour days, and so were my producers, and then I go home and I have my two dogs and I have Stedman, who's letting me be who I need to be in the world.

    "He's never demanding anything from me like, 'Where's my breakfast? Where's my dinner?' Never any of that, which I believed would have changed had we married.

    "No question about it -- we would not stay married, because of what that would have meant to him, and I would have had my own ideas about it. I have not had one regret about that."

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